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Entered aa second class matter Dec«mt>«r 22. 1905. at the Post Offlce at New Yorlc. 

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VOL. LXIX. No. 2 









Advertised and Played During This Season — Result 
of Observation of Grosses for Shuberts' Units — 
New Future Standards of Comparisons 


A "nameless" and non-headline Oftfl ArUQD^ APPI V 
IblU will be advertised and played ^VV AVlUIliJ Al I lil 
at Kelth'« Palace, New York, dur- m^ ra* > imnrr DAI TC 

Ing the present season, to test the ||| f |lJj IIIKUj KULbU 

conviction of the Keith offlcials that 
an eatablished vaudeville house 
backed by the Keith organization 
dots not require name* or head> 
liaera to draw. 

The experiment Is prompted by 
tlM failure of former Keith acts to 
attract patronage to the Shubert 
TandevIIle units. After taking stock 
Pt th« unit srossea the vaudeville 
bookers felt that many acts they 
had considered buainess getters In 
tlie past were overrated. 

The strict adherence to the salary 
HiBltatlonfl laid down for each Keith 
bouse this season is one of the re- 
•ults of the study. Last season the 
Bhubert circuit played straight 
(Continued on page 3) 


Keith Office Issues Preventive 

fnstructions to Local 


The Keith office has instructed 
all of ita house managers to deduct 
8 per cent, from the salaries of all 
alien acts, beginning Jan. 1, 1923. 
The money deducted represents in- 
come tax aliens must pay the U. S. 
Ooremment, and the Keith office 
In collecting the 8 per cent, is act- 
ing In co-operation with the In- 
ternal Revenue Department, to 
Which the money is turned over 

The reason for the action of the 
_Keith office in collecting in( omo 
taxes from aliens at the source is 
because the theatre Itself ia held 
liable in the event an alien fails to 
pay taxes on a given eng.iRfment, 
In the event such alien Bhould earn 
a taxable amount durinff the year. 

All of the Keitb agents received 
notices last week requesting them 
to furnish the Xeith office with a 
complete Usl of aUeu acta booked. 

Rush Came with Casting of 
''Old Bill"— Real Lord 
in Cast : 

When the caatins was completed 
laat week at the Belmont, New 
York, for "Old Bill, M.P.," the 
Balmsfather English play, 290 ac- 
tora applied although there were 
but three parts open. The excep- 

(Continucd on page 3) 


Rev. /. E. Russell Loses Hit Sunday 
Violation Suit 

Binghamton, N. Y., Nov. 29. 

It took a trial Jury j"9t fifteen 
minutes to liberate Harold F. Al- 
bert, recreation director of the Bn- 
dicott-Jofanson corporation, tried 
for a Tiolation of the local Sunday 
blue laws in connection with the 
Sunday Sousa band concerts given 
here on November 12. 

The complaint in the case was 
made by Rev. James Klhert FtussoH, 
pastor of the North Presbyterian 

An interesting bit in the trial was 
the Questioning of Mr. Allt>ert by 
Harry K. Henne&sy, his attorney. 

"What did you do before you be- 
came recreation director for the 
Bndlcott- Johnson corporation?" he 

"I was a choir leader in a church." 

*Tfou mean to say you got your 
living that way? ' 

"Yes." ^ — 

"In what churcFf ~ 

"The North Presbyterian Church. ** 
This i» the church in which Hev. 
Hus^ell preaches. 

"You got paid for singing on Pun- 


In his testimony Mr. Alb'^rf s:a(od 
that the concert resulted In a n<i 
Ios» of I73S.25, 


Believes He Has Solution of 
Manage rial DifFiculty 
with Speculators — Guar- 
antees Experiment Shall 
Cost Managers Nothing — 
Will Standi All Expenses 
and Organize Systexn — 
Treasurers Not to Be l^is- 


A comprchen9ive plan for the 
handling •( all ticketa for Broad- 
way's legitimate theatres in a cen- 
tralized offlce is reported to have 
been submitted within the week by 
Joe Leblang to the Producing Man- 
agers' Association. 

The plan Is said to be elastic 
enough to include Leblang's c^wn 
cot rate ticket agency as an aside 
to the larger ofHce, In order that 
the managers, besides exercising a 
supervisory direction over the cen- 
tralized agency, shall have a simi- 
lar say in the business matters per- 
taining to cut rates and the the- 

It is said to be Mr. lieblang'a 
idea that ff the Broadway theatre 
owners and producers really want 
(Continued on page 4) 


Ciril Order of Arrest Served on Actor — Breacli of 
Promise Suit Started by Frederick E. Goldsmitli 
for Mrs* Carr 


Open for 30 Years— Volunteer 

Entertainment at 'Irish 


Coney Island lost one of its old- 
est resort keepers as a resident and 
cabaret operator last week when 
Paddy Shea scraped the sand of 
Coney from his feet and left for 
California, where he will make his 

Shea's Gllsey House on the Bow- 
ery was sold by him about 10 days 
Ago. The place flourished for some 
30 ycara with an entertainment and 
clientele original with itself. It was 
known as the "Irish Cabaret," and 
the bulk of its patrons were Irish 
or of Irish descent. Shea's success 
was In allowing the customers to 
entertain themselvee. Although the 
Gilsey House always had two or 
three paid entertainers, usually a 
Jig dancer, pianist and accordion 

(Continued on page 3) 


One-Third Interest in All Fra- 

zee's Property, $40,000 in 

Cash and $1,000 Monthly 


Robert Warwick "Can't Live on It" 
— "To Love** Moving Out 

H. H. I'razec's financial settlement 
upon hi.s v.ife, Elsie Fraxee, former 
show girl in the Chicago company of 
"Madame Sherry." I.«! one of the 
largest known In theatrical circles, 
according to account. "Mm. Frazee 
was grant<d nn absolute divorce 
recently, naminR: B^lizabeth Nelson 
as cor( .sr>»r»rt**nt. The latter was 
once a cliorister, .ind a'so played 
(Co?itinn«d on page 3> 

'To Love," the French comedy 
adapted by Grace George and pro- 
duced by W. A Brady, leave* the 
Hijou for the road Saturday. It is 
a three i>erson play with Miss 
George starred and Norman 1'revor 
and Robert Warwick featured. The 
latter will be replaced by William 
Boyd for the road. 

Warwick's withdrawal dl.icloscd 
an unusual salary angle, he stating 
he "could not live on |750 a week" 
on the road. That sum was War- 
wlok'e eontracted salary in New 
York. He is reported having asked 
for 10 per cent, of the gross. 
George and Trevor are receiving 10 
ptr cent., with the former guaran- 
teed 1 1.000 we4>kly. ' 

"To Love" will open on tour at 
PhilaUelphia Monday. 

Legal actions in plenty have been 
started against Alexander Carr, 
through Frederick E. Goldsmith, the 
attorney, repreeentiny Mrs. Mar/. 
Carr, former wife of the actor. 

Among the suits Is one for |60,M9 
for alleged breach of promise to 
marry. It Is intermingled with the 
charges of fraud Mrs. Carr made 
against her husband and his attor- 
ney. Harry Saks Heckhelmer, in an 
affidavit presented by Mr. Qoldemith 
In his application for a reargument 
and the granted application for a 
civil order of arreet against Carr. 
The latter, pleaded for on the 
ground Carr was about to leave the 
state with "Partners Again." was 
grant£d hy Justice Faber in the 
Supreme Court of Brooklyn, N. Y.. 
last Saturday. The court's order 
directed the defendant (Carr) to 
file a bond of $5,000 to guarantee 

(Continued on pa#e S) 


Trianon, on South Side, Open* 
ing with Society Event. 
$150,000 for Advertising 

Chicago, Nov. 2f. 
The Trianon, a million - dollar 
dancing palace on the South Side, 
which will open Dec. 5. will have 
Roy Bargy and bis orchestra. Con- 
tracts have been signed for 62 
weeks with Ernie Young under the 
terms of which the musical organi- 
zation Is to receive $3,000 per week. 
The Roy Bargy orchestra passes 
from the direction of E. C. Benson 
Dec 31 to that of Mr. Young, who 

(Continued on page 4) 



ForonioMt Mukors of Star* 
Attlr« for Wumva and Mea 


1131 B'wajr 

K. T. City 



8 St. Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square 

2096 Regent Friday, December 1, 1922 


•^Charlie's Aunt'* at Royalty After 30 Year*— 
Originally There — ^Matheson Lang Producing 
Sutro's "Great Well" at New Theatre 

London, Nov. 29. 

December changes in the legit 
theatres will see the revival of 
•Charlie's Aunt" at the Royalty, 80 
years after that piece was originally 
produced there. It will open Deo. 19. 

The interest is centering upon 
liatheson Lang's production of Al- 
fred Sutro's new play, "The Great 
Well," to open Dec. 19 at the New 
theatre, succeeding Sybil Thorn- 
dyk's "Cancl." 

James Bernard Fagan's adapta- 
tion of "Treasure Island" will go on 
at the Strand Dec. 23, with Arthur 
Bourchicr, producing, playing the 

"Dear Brutus" concludes at 
Wyndham's Dec. 1€, followed by a 
Du Maurier revival of "Bull Dog 

Sir Alfred Butt la producing 
•Blossom Time" at the Lyric, Dec. 

"Rockets" closes Dec. 9 at the 
Faladium. after having played twice 
daily in that house since February. 
"Spangles" will succeed it for three 
weeks, when vaudeville will b« re- 
sumed for one month, prior to the 
production for the Paladium of An- 
other big revue. #<* 

The Savoy on Feb. 4 will past to 
Robert Courtneidge who has taken 
over the remainder of the Irving 
lease on tho house, which haa 11 
years yet to run. 


Reappearing in London in "Qr^^n 
Goddess" Next Fall , 

London, Nov. 19. 

Through an arrangement reached 
with Gilbert Miller. George Arliss 
will play "The Green Goddess" over 
here at the St. James next fall. 

It will be a reappearance here for 
Arliss, after an absence from the 
English stage for 20 years. 


Paris, Nov. 19. 

Mme. Rasiml, having returned 
from her tour in South America, 
where she presented her Parisian 
revues, has resumed the manage- 
ment of the Ba-Ta-Clan, and la 
giving a "Festival des Vedettes^' (or 
bill-toppers) in the form of scenes 
from revues by Rip. who personally 
comments on the acts aa a sort of 

The Tedettes comprise Raquel 
Meller. Lina Tyber, Nina Myral, 
Pauley, Suzanne Raymond, Messrs. 
Milton, Slgnoret, Morton, Randal, 
etc. . 


Berlin, Nov. 19. 
. With the German mark hitting 
a new low exchange rate, 10,000 for 
an American dollar, a national crisis 
la momentarily expected. American 
film people who have been abroad 
have deserted the German capital, 
where some picture producing was 
being undertaken backed by German 
money, under American direction 
and methods. 

Tom Walsh has left Germany, 
Where he was directing for the 
Sascha Film Co., and In company 
with Pat Powers is heading for Ire- 
land. Some film proposition may 
eventuate from the Emerald Isle 
visit, although plans are currently 


London. Nov. 29. 

Ths Negri picture. "Passion." at 
tho Bcala failed to evoke any undue 
attention this week either way. 

Picture experts claim portions of 
tho film have been duped. 




MONDAY. SEPT. 1 1917 

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Frank and Opon. 

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Loopold Marchand's New Play at 
Paris Vaudevillo 

First three days. Poll's, Sophie Tuck- 
er's home town ; last half. Poll's, Bar- 
num and Bailey's home town. Va- 
cant Monday next. Between Union 
Hill and Hoboken. Have own stage 
settipgs and can close with front 

Direction, EDWARD S. KELLER. 

Till Thursday, Bond Hotel, Hart- 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 
Stratfleld Hotel, Bridgeport. 



Want Minimum 60,000 Marks 
Not Over 80,000 Dur- 
ing December 

Paris, Nov. 19. 

After a short run of Brieux's 
"L'Avocat," the Theatre du Vaude- 
ville gave "Femmes" ("Women") 
Nov. 21. This new work by Leo- 
pold Marchand fared badly. It has 
much poor dialog and is lacking in 
action. It has a flne cast, but the 
roles are unfortunately distributed. 

The play concerns the adventures 
of two wives during a summer va- 
cation. Coquettish Therese actual- 
ly deceives her husband, but con- 
ceals the Intrigue and* gets away 
with it. The honest Constance is 
only mildly indiscreet, but is driven 
by conscience to confess she no 
longer loves her husband. Feri^er- 
and, but does love his rich young 
partner, Tessier. 

Fernerand Is dismayed until he 
learns that Tessier is Indifferent to 
Constance, who suffers from un- 
requited love. Tessier and Fer- 
nerand are off on a business trip 
together when news comes that one 
has been killed in an automobile 
accident. Fernerand returns to find 
Constance frankly mourning Tes- 
sier, but he forgives her weakness. 

Marchand is the young author 
who collaborated last season with 
Mme. Colgate in the risque com- 
edy "Cheri," produced at the The- 
atre Michel. "Femmes" Is Mar- 
chand's first important play, and it 
misses, although produced at the 
fashionable Vaudeville. 

Jean Wormes plays Tessier and 
Mme. Geniat is effective as Con- 
stance. Arquilliere is only fair as 


Stoll-Robey Show at the 
Alhambra, London — 
> British Chorus : ./:■- 

•Tou'd Be Surprised* has been 
selected as the title of the Ameri- 
revue in which George Robey will 
be featured, with the rest of tho 
cast composed of Americans, and 
which will open at the Alhambra« 
London, Jan. 22. 1923. Among thoso 
engaged and scheduled to sail Jan. 1 
are Harry (Zoup) Welch, Adolo 
Adaire, Jack Edwards, Ada l^a^ 
Weeks, Cook and Rosevere, Jimmy 

Sir Oswald Stoll will sponsor iii4 
show and Jean Bedini will stage It. 
Seymour Felix will put on this 
dance numbers. M. S. Bentham en- 
l^ged the American cast which will 
support Robey. 

The chorus will be English. ' , ' 


Engh'sh Magiciana Most Invsntlysi 
but Americans Get More '.^| 

London, Nov. 19. ', 
At a meeting Nov. 26 of the Ma- 
gicians' Club the statement WM 
made that while the British ma- 
gician is foremost In inventlvo 
genius, the American magicians, 
through better production and With 
better advertising, usually mako 
'more out of British creations. 

-. (■ I ■ 


London, Nov. 29. 
Ouy Newall and Ivy Duke were 
married Nov. 26. Both are tho stars 
of tho George Clarl^ Film Produc- 


Paris, Nov. 19. 

The Balagantchik, otherwise 
translated the Moscow Fair theatre 
troupe, are opening at the Paris 
Alhambra, Nov. 81. 

The organization has In its per- 
sonnel certain players who formerly 
appeared with the "Chauve Sourls." 

Another engagement for the Al- 
hambra is that of Stacia Napier- 
kowsky, opening Dec. 16. 


London, Nov. 29. 
The rumor is around Al Jolson 
may appear over here in tbe spring, 
In concert or production. 


Dec. 1 (from Cherbourg), Jacques 
Edelstein (Paris). 


London, Nov. 29. 
Charles Fawcett, 70, died sudden- 
ly Nov. 23. He was a prominent 
oharacter actor over here and at 
the time of his death appearing with 
Albert Chevalier. 


London, Nov. 29. 
The new Edward Knoblock play 
for Alice Delysia and called 
"Lullaby" will be produced next 

Erka Chief Sailing 

Paris, Nov. 29. 
Jacques Edelstein, manager of 
Erka Films, is sailing for New York 
Dec. 2 on the Paris. 

"Phi Phi'' Closing at Pavilion 

I^ndon. Nov. 29. 
•Phi Phi" will close at the 
Pavilion, Dec. 2. 


143 Charing Cross Road 

Director, JOHN TILLER 



t26 West 46th St., New York 
Fhooe BUY ANT 4337 

Eccentric Club Dinner 

London. Nov. 19. 
The 32d antiiversay dinner of the 
Eccentric Club was held at the 
Hotel Cecil Sunday, with 300 mem- 
bers and friends attending. Charles 
Hawtrey presided. 

London, Nov. 29. 
Reports reaching here say the 
actors in Berlin have gone on strike. 
They demand a minimum weekly 
salary of 60,000 marks, with man- 
agers offering 66,000 weekly. The 
managers demand In addition an 
undertaking be filed that the weekly 
salary for December shall not ex- 
ceed 80,000 marks. Actors have re- 
fused to commit themselves on the 
later proposition, nor will they sub- 
mit conditions for the future. 

Quotations on German marks In 
exchange this week were around 
8,000 marks for one American dol- 


Theodore Dugdale, a professional 
exhibition dancer, will dance no 
more, at least for 21 months. Dur- 
ing that period he will be doing 
hard labor and will receive 16 lashes 
with the "cat-o'-nlne-talls" In ad- 
dition. Both these important en- 
gagements were made for him by 
Justice Lush when he was con- 
victed of having persuaded a girl 
of 17 to elope to London with him. 
At one time siie was giving him 
£500 a year. The girl was bound 
over on a charge of stealing from 
her father to finance the honeymoon 

''Daredevil Dick" Closing 

London, Nov. 29. 
"Daredevil Dick," the meller at 
the Apollo, closes Saturday. 

"Hawleys of High Street," pro- 
duced by Walter Ellis, will follow it. 

Wallaco Morgan Traveling 

London, Nov. 19. 
Wallace Morgan will sail for New 
York December 27, first touring on 
the continent. He came over here 
with "Lawful Larceny" and re- 
mained to play ii« pictures. 

First Revolving Stags in Francs 
Paris, Nov. 19. 
It is at the Grand, Lyons, where 
the first revolving stage kas been 
installed in France. It is due to a 
young engineer, now deceased, Gus- 
tave Girrane. 

*'First Year" in London 

London, Nov. 29. 
Negotiations are reported on to 
send "The First Year" over here 
with Frank Craven. John Golden 
is doing the dickering from your 

Mundorf Going to Germany 

London, Nov. 29. 
Harry Mundorf, representing the 
Keith office, New York, who has 
arrived here, shortly will go to 

— Original Peter Pan Married 

• ■ London, Nov. 29. 

Nina Bouclrault, the original 
Pi'ttT Pan, was married Nov. 25 to 
Donald Smith. 

Theodore Kremer Still Very III 

London, Nov. 29. 
Theodore Kremer is .still serious- 
ly ill at Cologne as he has been for 
10 weeks, with no immediate pro-s- 
pect of rcoovei-y. 


Paris. Nov. 15. 

Such Is the title of a four-act 
melodrama by Pierre Briance pro- 
duced at the Theatre Albert I. It 
was hardly worth co.isldering the 
day it saw the footlights, but this 
was due mainly to restricted mount- 
ing on a small stage. The result 
may have been otherwise at the 
Chatelet, for after all the plot is 
just as sensational as the majority 
of the shows at that large theatre 
in tho French capital. 

Maharajah Akbar Is a Hindu 
prince adopting Western customs 
and attire, although he considers 
them a badge of servitude. Still he 
assumes them while paying court to 
a woman he wishes to possess. She 
Is Marthe, wife of a French en- 
gineer. Pierre de Souvigny, who is 
building a railroad in the back 
country of India. 

The villain exerts his Influence 
over Souvlgny's servants in Cal- 
cutta and secures their assistance 
in his evil designs. He is better 
assi.sted, however, by the jealousy 
of Pierre, who finds a man on his 
wife's balcony, and leaves her 

Akbar Is, nevertheless, still 
spurned by the honest Marthe, and 
her husband later learns the man 
on the balcony was her good-for- 
nothing brother, who had called for 
relief. The brother is now working 
on the railroad and Is the best hand 
that Pierre has. The brother is re- 
formed and Marthe is proved inno- 
cent. Another engineer, also work- 
ing on the railroad, reproaches the 
husband for his behavior, and Is 
sacked by Pierre for speaking too 

Then all back In France, where 
Marthe and IMorro are on intimate 
term.s, and the Maharnjnh has plvcn 
hor up a.s an Imposslhlo victim. 
The husband loads his wife home 
from the pafnbling Casino, and they 
take a path at the ed^'o of a preci- 
pice, with their inevitable "destruc- 

IMcrrc Juvonot,- Gaston Dubosr. 
\>rlo'/„ RoK»'r Viticcnt. Farina, and 
Mme.s. Marthe Sarl»el an<l Yoraka 
form a good troupe for thp melo, 
which is a.s.sured a very short life 
at 'whe Albert I in I'aris. 


It Is understood the gross amount 
of the late Marie Lloyd's estate ban 
been returned at £7,334; aKso that 
the small amount of £1 19s 4d is 
payable in death duties on the 
estate. This indicates the net value 
of the unsettled property left by 
the comedienne docs not exceed 

time to time and chosen from tbo 
casts of popular West End muaicii 


Richard Percy Burton has ac- 
quired the rights of a play which 
Is a big success in Paris. This is 
"L' Insoumise," which, literally 
translated, means "The Disobedient 
One,'* by Pierre Frondae. It is now 
running at the Theatre Antoine. 
The action takes place In a modern 
French and Arabian atmosphere, 
and two of the acts are laid in a 
harem. The story tells of the strug- 
gle for supremacy between an Arab 
sheik and the white woman he has 
married, . 

Toward the end of this month 
Herr Gruder-Guntram will arrive 
here to make arrangements for the 
visit of the Vienna Volksopcr early 
next summer. Among the operas to 
be produced will be Joseph IIol- 
brook's "The Children of Don." A 
London season with a provincial 
tour is being arranged. 

The J. H. Benrimo and associates 
tenancy of the Ambassadors ap- 
pears to be coming to an end after 
the revival of "Charles I," and the 
production of Conrad's "The Secret 
Agent" seems to be finishing with 
the taking off of the latter show. 
"Glamour,'' having been produced 
at the Apollo, will have to leave 
NoV. 11 to make way for Moscovitch 
who reopens at the Ambassadors 
Nov. 13. 

Gilbert Miller will revive "Petof 
Pan" at the St. James' for a Christ- 
mas matinee season Dec. 19. As re-* 
ported, Edna Best will play the tUl« 
role once more. Captain Hook will 
be played by Lyn Harding, Sylvi* 
Oakley will again be the Wedny. 
Many of the supporting cast havo 
played their parts for years. Thoso 
include Donald Searle as Slight, and 
George Shrtton as Smee. Gordon 
Carr will play Nana, the dog; Ur- 
sula Moreton the First Twin, and 
Dorothy Lynne the Second; Joan 
Maude-Price as Tootles, Jill Es- 
mond-Moore as Nibbs. The last 
two names convey the carrying on 
of the traditions of two famous 
stage families. 

Maeterlinck's "Blue Bird" will bo 
revived as a Christmas attraction at 
the Duke of York's. The scenery 
and costumes will be the same ai 
used at the Kings (Hammerstein) 
revival last Christmas. Norah John- 
stone, who is responsible for tho 
revival, will be seen at Night, and 
Ernet Hendrie and Norman Pago 
will play their old parts of the "Dog 
and Cat, respectively. 

Another holiday revival will bo 
"Alice in Wonderland." Stedman's 
Academy will be responsible for 
this, as usual, but up to now DO 
theatre has been found. 

The cast of "The Laughing Lady,* 
which Sir Charles Hawtrey pro- 
duced for Marie Lohr at the Globs^ 
Nov. 17, Includes Godfrey Tearlo^ 
Herbert, Brian Gilmour, Julian 
Royce, Violet Vanbrugh, Henrietta 
Watson, Edith Evans, Kitty Gor- 
don Lee, and Marie Lohr. 

The O'Mara Opera Company, with 
a very big following in the bi|r 
provincial centers, will produce a 
new opera by Frederic Tolkin, at 
Leeds, Nov. 20. This Is entitled 
"Lola Descartes." 

As the result of the London 
County Council's recent decision to 
give the producers of the Hotel 
Metropole cabaret more rein, a new 
show will bo put on Nov. 27. Andre 
Chariot and George Grossmlth will 
produce the show, and Carl Hy.son 
will be rospon.sible for the ensem- 
bles. Eight girls will comprise the 
chorus and thrr*' will be four prin- 
cipals, who will be changed from 

Politics have very little Intorost 
generally for members of the tho- 
atrical profession; even the finan- 
cial side flphts shy of Parliament, 
although all sorts of names are por- 
(Continued on Page 3) 


The Most flpeotarular Exhibition of Aerial 
Daring Ever Attempted on the Stage 



European Reprr.flontatlves 
is C'hartiiff X Road, London •' " ' >- 




We Place AH the BIGGfest ACtJS in England* 


Friday, December 1, 1922 









wmm STOCKS neglected 


Orpheum Touches New Low, Whole Jtest of List Re- 
bounds 1 to 6 Points — Gossip About Pools — Loew 
and Orpheum Contradictions 



The amusement stocks failed gen- 
erally to participate in the brli»k 
rally that came into the market with 
the beginning of the week. At th« 
P«ak of the Tuesday buying Or- 
pheum came out in a few trades 
around 19. Elsewhere in ^the list 
everything was up from 1 to 6 
points. The western circuit was 
utterly neglected. Loew did very 
little better, standinfj at 18 at its 
best for the day on moderate trans- 
actions. ^,, ■ ,, .^ ■ 'i. ■'v., "■ - /'/■<■ 

Famous Players made the best 
ghowlng and in borh. cases the ten- 
dency was a direct contradiction of 
what trade observers had looked for. 
The expectation had been all along 
during the gloomy days of falling 
prices from Oct. 1 until the turn 
seemed to have come Monday, that 
Loew and Orpheum would be the 
fli'at to respond to betterment, while 
Famous Players would lag behind 
iai the present. 

Dope on Pools 

Tiie way the dopesters figured it 
out was that the Famous Players 
pool would have a lot of trouble 
ca;rrying on during the bear market. 
With the film stock marked up as 
high as 107, it was argued the pool 
wou'.d have to make pretty heavy 
commitments with the banks to 
finance their campaign. One of the 
things that was believed to have 
brought on the severe reaction was 
the demand of the hankers that 
|MK>Is liquidate their holdings and 
take up loans. It was reported that 
a, dozen or so pools were forced out 
of action by the calling of loans. 

The argument took it for granted 
tdAt a high priced stock like Famous 
Players would require a dangei^ous 
amount of pool financing and would 
be the first to respond to a clearing 
out of banking loans. whilA th6 
Loew and Orpheum pools had done 
a considerable amount of their ac- 
cumulation at low levels all the 
way from 17 to 25 In the case of 
Orpheum and 14 to 22 in the case 
of Loew. On this basis Famous 
Players should have been exhausted 
and the other two fresh for a new 
start at the U)w prices of Monday, 
whereas the opposite proved to be 
the case. Famous Players got up to 
90 H Tuesday afternoon, or more 
thap'3 points better than its bottom 
of the previous session on a fair 
turnover, while nobody seemed in- 
terested either way in Orpheum and 

"The Famous Players pool people 
should worry," one ticker fan said. 
••After two years or so of manipula- 
tion there must be a lot of pool In- 
siders who own stock paid for out 
of profits." 

Advance Temporary? 

At this writing (at the Tuesday 
close) Times Square speculators re- 
irard the upturn as a momentary 
covering movement by professional 
shorts in preparation for the holi- 
day. The market was sold to a 
standstill last week and the short 
side pretty well extended during the 
three of four weeks of continual de- 
cline. There was little uptown buy- 
ing for the turn. Forty-second street 
players looked for a period of nar- 
row swings close to the November 
lows, extending over the first two 
weeks of December at least and 
probably until the end of the year. 

The expected market exploitation 
of Technicolor coincident with the 
first exhibition of a full-length fea- 
ture by the new color process at the 
Rialto did not materialize. Dealings 
in the "when issued" stock con- 
tinued in small volume on the Curb, 
with prices unchanged at 25 it share, 
Which is expected to be the •over- 
the-counter price. The management 
of the new company is high-class, 
and the impression grows that its 
campaign of di.strlhution will be 
conservative if outside sharpshoot- 
ers don't intorfirt'. The hi.story of 
sensational market manouveri; for 

new picture flotations discourages 
picturesque operations. The lesson 
of Triangle stands as a horrible ex- 
ample still. One lot ot Triangle was 
reported on the Curb late last week, 
by the way. totalling 10.000 shares 
at prices between 8 and 4 cents a 
share, tue stock's closest approach 
to zero up to date. Reports of 
liquidating the company have been 
in the air for several weeks. 
Griffith at ZVz 
One round lot of D. W. Griffith 
also was reported on the Curb at 
IVi, also a new low. A new Griffith 
production impends and |)rob!iJ>ly 
involves new financing, and. an 
usual, negotiations for loans un- 
settles stock prices. The quotation 
of 2H* is understood to represent 
only an urgent sale, and probably 
does not reflect a very definite esti- 
mate of value. It has 'oeen esti- 
mated that the Griffith stock could 
liquidate for much more than that 


The rummary of transactions Nov. 2S to 
20, incluBlve: 


Thusday— Salea Hlfh.Low. Last. Chj. 
Fam. Play.-L.. '-MOO W>% 80% 90 

t;ol(lwyn 200 X,\ 5S V% — '4 

i.o?w. Inc.... i.ario 18^; 1»>., Igt^ -% 
Orpheum 400 10«4 19 10 — ^ 

Friday— . 

Fam. Play.-L.. l.OOn W>i W>*i 89^ -% 

l>o. pf 10« 07V, OT,", »:V4 -I- H 

Goldnyn 700 Vu 54 51,, _ v, 

I.04»w. Inc 4.000 1S>» l«H IS'i 

Orpheum 100 \^\ 10\ 10*. + K 

HoBton »old 210 Orpheum at lir v^Tl^^i- 

Saturday— ' 

Fam. Ptoy.-L.. 8.400 8ft% 87*i 88% -IVi 

Go;dwyn 200 r.H S% Mfc 4- H 

Loew. Inc 1.000 18% 18',i 18^i — «i 

On>heuni 100 M» 19 10 — % 

Itoat<.-n sold 200 Orpheum at 10. 

Monday — 
Fam. Play.-L.. O.COO 89 87% 884 + H 

Do. pf ,100 U7vi 07 irrvi 

Ooldwyn 700 5V, 54 ri% -f % 

Loew, Inc a.W«0 IS^^ 17^ 17% — 4 

Orpheum SOO 18% 184 W4 — ^ 

Boston sokl 500 Orpheum at 18*4618%. 


Fam. Play.-L.. B.500 00% BH% 00% -fl% 

Do. pf 100 U8 08 08 -(- Vt 

Goldwyn 2.100 04 5% &% 

Loew, inc 1.100 1B% 17% 18% -4- % 

Orpheum ' «00 19% \» 19% -fl% 

tNe curb 

Thursday— 8alea.Hifh.Low. Last. Chr. 
Triansle 10,000 *8 4 B -ft 

Technlcol., w.l. 600 25 *4%- 25 -|- % 
D. W. Orl%th.. too 2^ 24 2% 

Technlcol.. w.l. 100 2$ 20 28 

Teohnicol.. w.l. 100 »» » 

No aales * 

^ Caata % sbara. 

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tional response to the call at t!;ls 
period of the season is indicative 
of ttle oversupply of professional 

"Old Bill" takes form as one of 
the unusual presentations th's sea- 
son. There are 17 scenes In the 
production, perhaps the bii^gcst set- 
ting that used for the flooding of a 
coal mine. The play is a sort of 
sequel to "The Better 'Ole," pre- 
sented over here by the Coburns. 

Lewis & Gordon are producing 
"Bill." although it was flrst under- 
stood the presentation here would 
be made by Sam H. Harris, who 
secured the rights through Al Lewis 
(of the firm) with Mr. and Mrs. 
Coburn in mind. The latter are 
appearing in the Chicago company 
of "So This Is London." 

A special representative Is on the 
way from Lopdon to take charge of 
the "Bill" production. The play 
will be directed by Percival Knight, 
who, however, will continue his ap- 
pearances In "Thin Ice." 

At least two actors from the orig- 
inal English company will be in the 
American cast, Harry Wenmin, who 
will play the lead( he has been 
playing "Old Bill" in London), and 
Lord Lyvedbn. who is really a titled 
Englishman. Charles MacNaughton 
will play "Bert." which character he 
had in "The Better 'Olo' here, the 
others being Jolin Park. Herbert 
Evans, Leo Stark, Charles Cardon. 
Rnlph Sumpttr. Cliarles Brown, 
George Harcourt. Harold Christie. 
Ali':'e Belmore. Olive Beovrs-Smith. 
Frances Homer, Betty r'.«'lla:r s. 
Alisfi Carewe-Carcwe and Hart'.ey 

Robert Courtneidge, ths London 
producer, has secured the E}nglish 
rights to the Kaufman-Connelly 
dramatization of tha Harrr I«eon 
Wilson story, "Merton of Chei 
Movies." The contracts were signed 
Tuesday by Cieorge C. Tyler and 
Hugh Ford, owners of the play, and 
Herman Fellner. American repre- 
sentative for Courtneidge. 

Glenn Hunter will not play the 
title role In the English production, 
although the London manager tried 
to secure his release from Tyler and 
Ford, who have a contract with the 
actor for the run of the play In 

Tyler is to select another Ameri- 
can player for the role and Hugh 
Ford Is to go abroad to stage the 

Courtneidge Is the lessee of the 
Shaftsbury, London, and it is pos- 
sible that the London premiere will 
take place In that house shortly 
after the first of the year. 


(Continued from page 1) 
vaudeville using "names" from pro- 
ductions when possible and "names" 
from vaudeville. The failure of the 
"names" to ilraw patronage away 
from the Ke(th brand of vaudeville 
and the belief that salaries were 
suffering from the wartime inflation 
induced the determined stand on 
the salary question. 

The Keith organization started 
the current season in the face of 
opposition and gambled it was 
right. Act after act was given a 
top figure, which if not up to ex- 
pectations was raised by the op- 
position. In many cases the acts 
taken by Shubert units received 60 
per cent, more than their highest 
Keith salary. 

The willingness of the unK cir- 
cuit to pay higher salaries induced 
some "names" and feature turns to 
sign up with the new venture. 
Other acts, knowing they could sell 
to the opposition at top figures, re- 
fused sH^t Increases on Keith 
routes and deAianded a generous 

The drawing ability of these turivi 
rated on the unit grosses and the 
salaries asked and received from 
the unit producers was away out 
of proportion, the Keith people be- 
lieve. Added attractions of "names" 
which the Shuberts have been using 
lately to bolster up business with 
unit shows, disproved and shat- 
tered many former stimulators. 

The Palace experiment will have 
a definite reaction in future stand- 
ards of comparison. The house will 
advertise and stress the fact that 
the bill that week will feature no 
one in particular, being framed as 
a good strong average Keith vaude- 
ville bill minus a headUner. 


(Continued from page 1) 
parts in several farces produced by 
Frazee. ^ '• 

The settlement, arranged by 
Nathan Burkan. attorney for the 
wife, calls for $40,000 ia cash, it is 
said, to be made In two payments 
within two years. Mrs. Fraxee also 
receives a one-third interest in 
everything possessed by the man- 
ager, including his holdings In the 
Boston American League Baseball 
Club, his theatre interests in the 
Cort, Chicago, and Frazee. New 
York, and in addition sha is to re- 
ceive $1,000 monthly for the remain- 
der of her life. 

It is believed the settlement was 
acceded ta In order that Frazee 
would escape being haled into court 
to show his assets. As a guarantee 
that he will follow the provisions of 
the settlement. Frazee is required to 
place in escrow one-third of his 
stock holdings in all the ventures in 
which he is concerned. 



''Gallagher and Shaan" 
"Chicago" and ''Early in the Morn- 
ing Bluaa" 
*^Wh«n tha Laavas Come Tumbling 


Down" and "Zenda" 


'nr ricks'' and "Dancing Fool" 
"'Way Down Yondsr" and 
"True Blua Sam" 
"Panorama Bay" and "Thru* ths 

"Three o'Clock" and "Oriental Fox "Blue** and "Haunting Bluas" 

Trot" "Ara You Playing Fair" and "Say 

"For the Sake of Auld Lang Syna" It While Dancing" ^ ' 

and "Call Ma Back, Pal o' Mina" "Call Me Back, Pal o* Mina" and 

"Suez" and "1 Wish I Knew" "Mary Daar" 

'■• "^ '.■".. 'Q. R. S. ROLLS '^^'''' ■ - \ 

"Tricks" "Sunshina AileyV 

"True Blue Sam" "Ji-Ji-Boo" 

"Suez" "Cow Bells" 

Again, for optimistic reasons. It proves an impossible task to select 
the six biggest sellers in view of the large number of songs going 
equally as strong lust now. Xh^ following are unusually popular: 
"Homesick," "Blue.' "Tomorrow," "Gallagher and Shean," "Why Should 
I Cry Over You." "Say It While Dancing," "Carolina In the Morning." 
"Love Sends a Little tlift of Roses." 

The next group are either month-old favorites still going strong or 
brand new numbers, first hitting their stride: **Three o'Clock," "Lost — 
A Wonderful Girl." "Nobody Lied." "November Rose," "Loving Sam," 
"Suez," "Who Cares." "Mary. Dear," "Japanese Moon" (potential hit, 
judging from the response for this comparatively new^song), "When 
the Leaves Come Tumbling Down," "Through the Night/' "Way Down 
Yonder in New Orleans," "Panorama Bay," "Picture Without* Frame." 
"All th* World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." "Who Did You Fool After 

Production music still has its "You Remind Me of My Mother" and 
"Nellie Kelly." from "Little Nellie Kelly"; "Parade of the Wooden 
Soldiers" (stronger than ever), from "Chauve Souris"; "When Hearts 
Are Young," from "Lady In Ermine"; "Syncopate," from "Molly 
Darling"; "Kiss In the Dark," from "Orange Blossoms"; "Four Leaf 
Clover" and "Stairway to Paradise," from "Scandals"; "You Are My 
Rainbow." from "Greenwich Village Folliea"^ "Journey's End," from 
"Up She Goes"; "Just As LoAg As I Have You." from "Giotham Oirl"; 
"Crinoline Days" and "Lady of the Evening." from "Music Box Re- 
vue," and the Ziegfeld "Follies" trio. "South Sea Hooo,*' "Radio" and 
"Rambler Rose." 

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(Continued from page 2) " 

petually mentioned as being pros- 
pective candidates, but their o^'ners 
generally change their minds before 
the election day arrives. However, 
we have Sir Walter de Preece up 
for re-election and Sir Alfred Butt 
is another "winner." The freak 
candidature of Kycle Bellew came 
to nothing owing, it is said, to doc- 
tor's orders. The authors have been 
better represented, A. E. W. Mason, 
Mr. Hemmerde. K. C, and Francis 
Neilson. authors of "The Butterfly 
on the Wheel." have all represented 
popular constituencies. Reginal 
Berkeley, author of "French Leave," 
is up as the Liberal candidate for 
one of the Nottham divisions. The 
kinema world takes much more in- 
terest in politics than does either 
t^e legltinmte or vaudeville. It Is 
somewhat surprising that neither 
Albert Voyce or Monte Bailey, the 
two high lights in vaudeville organ- 
ization are conteating seats. James 
Seddon, who Is fairly safe to be re- 
turned^ is the big supporter of the 
kinema people and has also done 
yoeman service for other branches 
of the show world. 

In collaboration with Bertram 
Davis. Robert Courtneidge is hard 
at work on a new musical play, 
"The Little Duchess." This is 
scheduled as a Glasgow holiday at- 
traction. Mark Lester will be the 

"Polly." the sequel to Gay's "The 
Beggar's Opera," will be seen at 
the Kingsway, Dec. 30. It was sup- 
pressed in 1728, but a version was 
produced at the Hay market, July, 
1782. . 

Despite the many comments on Its 
supposed old-fashlonedness Sir Ar- 
thur Wing Pinero's "Mid-Channel" 
has settled down to a successful run 
at the Royalty. Later Leon M. Lion 
win send the play on tour. 

Old P.ill. ^\.V." wlM open in citlior 
Toronlo or Montreal Chiistnias 
Monday, not Ining tli:c into New 
York until litt^ January. 


Smith and Troy did not '^iiow at 
Loews Stale, N»'W York, tho last 
half of last week because of illness. 
' L. Wolfe Gilbert substiiuttd. ^^ ^.^ 


(Continued from page 1) 
player (who were real attractions), 
the paid entertainers always en- 
couraged volunteers, as Shea him- 
self did. 

Many an exhibition of fancy Jig 
and reel dancing were given by pa- 
trons as an adjunct to the "show." 
The show was continuous from 
noon until well after midnight, ac- 
cording to the regulations obtaining) 
on the Island during any particular 
political regime. Shea and Dennis 
.Sullivan, brother of the late "Rig" 
Tim .Sullivan, as his partner at first, 
+»«t laler bought him o^*^- 

A few years before the advent of 
l>rohi)>ition, Shea had a couple of 
imitators but it never affected his 
business. The dry law eventually 
(leciileil liim to give up, following 
last season, the poorest the Island 
h;id had for years. The proj)erty 
will be renovated and it is said 
made over into a hotel and res- 

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Famous throughout British vaude- 
ville as "The White-Eyed Kaffir," 
G. H. Chlrgwin died in London. 
Nov. 14, from dropay. He had been 
ill for some time and his death was 
prematurely reported some time 
ago. He was born In 1854 and made 
his first appearance at the age of 
six In a long demolished hall off 
Regent street, known as the Swal- 
low Rooms. He and his brother, 
as the Brothers Chlrgwin. were a 
popular double turn until 1877. In 
the same year he made his first 
appearance at the Oxford as a sin- 
gle turn and soon became an estab- 
lished favorite. For many years 
he was one of the little band of 
artists of whom the audiences at 
the Oxford, the TivoU. and the 
Pavilion never tired. Throughout 
all this time he hardly ever made 
any changes In his act and he was 
never allowed to leave the stage 
without singing "The Blind Boy." 
His famous "white eye" was the 
rcKuIt of an ai^cldent. One day 
while singing at a gala, he was 
doing an ordltiary black-face act at 
the time, a particle of grit flew Into 
his I'ye. He rubbed it and the audi- 
ence roared; he rubbed again and 
the laughter grew. Later he dls- 
coverfd that he had rubbed a dia- 
mond -.•ilm|K>d patch clean In his 
make-up and from that moment the 
White e^ c became as famous as the 

black alt^vether tightf and the hlfk 
tophat. A . <> 

Tim O'Connor, ona of the prin- 
cipala in the Cabaret Follies at tha' 
Queen's Hall, dislocated his ankle so 
seriously. Nov. 11, that despite tiM 
attendance of the famous bon«-set« 
ter Sir Herbert Barker he was un- 
able to carry on. Jack Hylton. tho 
director of tha cabaret, has engaged 
Lupino Lane and his pardnar, Betty 
Blythe, to deputize in O'Connor*! 

Captain Bruca Balrn«fathar will 
make his vaudeville debut at tha 
Victoria Place. Nov. 20, in a sketch 
entitled "Old BUI and Me." In thia 
he will explain how his famous 
caricature of the British "OM Con- 
temptible" came into being. Two 
companies of the Lyceum play "Old 
Bill, M.P." will shortly go on tour. 

"Polly." adapted from the original 
Gay play by Clifford Bax. will ba 
produced at the Kingsway, Dec. SO. 
Nigel Playfair will be the producer 
and the company includes Adrienna 
Brulne, Muriel Terry. Pitt Chatham, 
Percy Parsons. The orchestra will 
be directed by Eugene Goosscns. 

"If Winter Comes" will be seen 
In the West End at thu St. James* 
toward the end of January. Tha 
play will ba presented by Frank 
Curzon, Owan Nares, and B. A. 
Meyer, by arrangement with Gilbert 
Miller. Nares will play his original 
part of Mark Sabre. The Australian 
rights of the play have been secured 
by the Williamson organization. 

Sybil Thorndyka brings the run 
of "The Scandal " to an end at tha 
New, Oct. 27. The last fortnight 
of her season, which ends Dec. f, 
will be occupied by "the poet SheU 
ley's play, "The Cenci," which sha 
produced Nov. 18. This production 
has been hailed as the most per- 
fectly artistic seen In London for * 
long time. 

Mrs. Patrick Campbell, who la 
appearing in the suburban houses 
in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," will 
shortly put a new play into re- 
hearsal. This will be dona first of 
all In tha provinces, after which it 
will be brought to the West End. 

A company from the Adelphl will 
start touring at Christmas with tha 
lately produced "All -British" mu- 
sical show. "The Island King." It 
will open In Edinburgh, where It 
stays a month, and will then do a 
fortnight each at Glasgow and 
Newcastle, before proceeding to iha 
big Northern and Midland cities. 

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The "Baltic" Saturday carried 
Tyler Brooks away from New York, 
bound for London, where he may 
appear in the Charles B. Cochran's 
production over there of "Llttla 
Nellie Kelly." ' 

Brooke returned to New York a 
couple of weeks ago after scoring a 
personal success In tha revived 
failure of "Angel Face" In England. 
He had gone over there to take hit 
original role in that piece. 

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Friday, December 1, 1022 




Tom Brown Legally After C. L. Brown, Billy Mark- 
with and Others — P&ntages Playing One Act — 
V. M. P. A, Interested 

Chicago, Nov. 29. 

The hearing of the injunction 
case of Tom Brown against C. L. 
Brown, who has three acts touring 
picture and vaudeville houses, often 
billed as "The Original Brown Sax- 
ophone Six," is set for this week, 
and Judge Carpenter is expected to 
hear it. 

It is declared by attorneys for 
Tom Brown that the . management 
of the Rivoll, Toledo, was notified 
Nov. 19, warning him not to play an 
act wearing clown costumes or 
using a name confusing to the 
theatregoing public to the extent 
that it would be misled into believ- 
ing the Six Brown Brothers were 

It is further declared that the 
VaudeviHe Managers' Protective As- 
sociation has also issued an order 
on the request of Charles Dilling- 
ham which complains of the C. L. 
Brown act advertising that the sax- 
ophone six in question has made 
records, claiming such Is not the 
case. The complainants allege Billy 
Markwlth was in the Saxophone 
Sextet, which made four or five 
records for the Columbia Phono- 
graph; Billy Markwith is with one 
of the acts advertised as the "Orig- 
inal Brown Saxophone Six." 

Ton* Brown filed a petition In the 
United States District Court asking 
■why C. L. Brown and Billy Markwith 
should not be fined for contempt of 
court under the injunction issued 
Nov. 19. 1921. It is said by Harry 
Munns, the Chicago attorney, that 
<nanagers of picture houses may find 
themselves in contempt of court 
through having p'ayed the act. 
Three acts are booked under the 
same management. One was at the 
Rex, Oshkosh, Wis., recently and it 
has Billy Markwith In it. Another 
was at Louisville last week. The 
third, which has C. L. Brown in it, 
is playing the Pantages eastern 
time, and was at Toledo last week. 
?.'he acts f t^e b'l'ed with a one-sheet 
which reads "Original Brown Saxo- 
phone Six" and there is special 
effort made in newspaper ads to an- 
nounce the coming of a "Brown" 
act. The attorneys have a copy of 
the Minneapolis "News" of Aug. 26, 
In which one of these acta was 
billed at the State, a Finkclsteln & 
Hubin house, and a cut in another 
part of the paper had a line under 
it. "Tom Brown and his brothers." 

C. E. Hodkins, personal represent- 
ative of Alexander Pantages, says 
that he had heard nothing of the 
V. M. P. A. attempt to stop the act 
at Toledo and emphasizes that the 
act is bi'led on that circuit as the 
"Brown Saxophone Six." 

The Six Jolly Jesters, another six- 
man brass and saxophone sextet, 
has been playing the Blank picture 
theatres In Iowa. It has as come- 
dian Lew Gould, who was formerly 
with the Six Brown Brothers act, 
but who is careful, so it Is said, to 
avoid conveying the impression hiM 
act is in any way similar to the 
Brown brother's. 


Five Acts with Same Title — Befoi 
V. M. P. A. 

Joe Ward and Tom Madden, pro- 
ducers of a "Making Movies" act, 
have filed complaint against Will V. 
Hart and his "Movie Tests" turn. 
Tom Britt wrote the complainant's 
act and Harry Crull originated 
Hurt's routine. Crull Is now New 
Fngland manager of seven Keith 
houses with headquarters in the 
E. P. Albee theatre. Providence, R. I. 

Britt, who wrote the Ward-Mad- 
den act, appeared before Pat Casey 
in the V. M. P. A. as Hart's wlt- 
nes.s, stating the act is still his 
property because of royalty arrears. 
Britt testified that the Hart act is 
entirely different from the one he 

Hart's contention is that four 
others besides Ward and Madden 
have acts of the same title, "Making 
Movies." They are Joe Siden. J'red 
Ferguson, Palmer Rider anJ George 



Nov. 17, 1922 

"Marie Kavanaugh and Paul Everett 
give a classy touch to the bill with a 
song and dance revue, in which ap- 
pear also the Caprice Sisters and 
Jack Humphrey. The act is styled 



Persuaded by Alex. Pantages to 


Two Shubert vaudeville units 
closed Sunday. They were Arthur 
Pearson's "Zig Zag," following the 
engagement at the Harlem opera 
house, and George Gallagher's 
"Broadway Follies,'' also off the cir- 
cuit, following Detroit. 

The "Broadway Foil es" is said to 
have lost about $30,000 outside of 
the production cost. De Haven and 
Nice, and Joe Fowel, vaudeville 
artists with the production, were in- 
terested in the unit with Gallagher. 


"Max and Moritz," the monkeys 
that played two weeks at the Cen- 
tral, New York, as added attraction 
with the Shubert vaudeville units, 
have been booked by the Locw cir- 
cuit, opening Nov. 30 jp.t the State, 
New York, for a fell week engage- 

J. H. Lubln signed the monks, | 
wanting a "name" for the State, i 
The State's policy is to add a 1 
"name" to tho regular bill from time j 
to time. Eva Tanguay, the most re- 
cent big turn to play the house, 
proved the efficacy of this by break- 
ing the house record. 

Lillian Burkhart, after 12 years' 
absence from the stage, has returned 
to vaudeville in a sketch, "Mother 
Is Here," after opening for a flte- 
week engagement. Miss Burkhart 
was signed by Alexander Pantages 
for five months. Miss Burkhart 
visited New York for a day last 
week, prior to her opening on the 
Pan time. 

It was while appearing at a chari- 
table affair in the went that Miss 
Burkhart, who had retired from the 
stage, met Pantages. His sugges- 
tion she return was not taken seri- 
ously at first, but Mr. Pantages 
became Insistent and Miss Burk- 
hart finally agreed to stage a new 
act. Its success- prompted her to 
continue and now she has decided to 
remain In her former field of activi- 


Ben Bernie Saya New Act Weekly 
Too Hard 


Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice 
Faber last week signed a divorce 
decree in favor of Marjoiie Kay in 
her suit against Holbcook Bonncy. 
Miss Kay in private was Mrs. Mar- 
jorie Griflfln Kay Boimoy. 

The Rialto Apartments, New York, 
and a blonde figured in the proceed- 

Ben Bernie and Band turned down 
a third week at the Palace, New 
York. Bernie is booked into the 
Alhambra and refused to double, 
ciuiming the strain of producing an 
entirely new act for the Palace au- 
dience each week was too much for 

Bernie produced his present act 
in the face of severe discourage- 
ments. He was advised by keen 
showmen and booking oflftce officials 
not to undertake the band venture 
as the field was fast being over- 
crowded. He persisted, however, 
and got an aggregation together, 
headed by himself, that created as 
much of a furore as "Gallagher and 


Prieonere Playing Show Dec. 5-8— 
Admission %\ 

Osslning, N. Y., Nov. 29. 

Prlsoncis of Sing Sing will present 
"The Honey Girl" Deo. 5-8, In the 
evenings, at the prison, with the 
public admitted at $1, top scale. 
Tickets may be secured from the 
Show Committee, 351 Hunter street, 
Ossining, N. Y., by mail, or pur- 
chased at the door. 

It's the annual entertainment of 
the institution with the former Sam 
H. Harris' success reproduced, In- 
stead of the usual vaudeville enter- 
tainment, with the Mutual Welfare 
League in charge of the perform- 
ance. The proceeds go to the funds 
-of the league, 

Auburn, Nov. 29. 
The Ooorge M. Cohan Revue will 
be reproduced by the Mutual Wcl- 
faro League of Auburn prison on 
l^erember 4-6. The show is being 
c.-.tensively advertised. The first 
tv.o nights will be set aside for Au- 
l/M.niuns and the last night for 
fc • '.urana ard other outside pa- 
eons of the prison plays. 


(Continued from page 1) 

negotiated and arranged this en- 

The Trianon management has 
appropriated |1 50,000 for an adver- 
tising campaign, which will intro- 
duce the new dancing palace to 
Chicago, For six days at the open- 
ing an extra feature, in addition to 
Roy Bargy's 15-piece orchestra, will 
be Paul Whiteman's band of ten 
piecf's. (Bargy and I.«hnm Jttnes are 
the big favorites of the Chicago 
dancers as Whiteman is of the New 
York crowd.) 

Paul Sternl)erg, who has "Ampli- 
fied Syncopation," with 27 men at 
the I*alacc Inst week, -organized 
the orchestra with a view of play- 
ing the Trianon, but he goes Into 
Woodlawn theatre Instead, which 
is under tiie same managt ment. It 
Is reported that Rargy took seven 
men from the Sternberg organiza- 

The Trianon will open with a 
"charity ball" under the auspices of 
the real society set of Chicago (Mrs. 
'Potter Palmer et al.), and It will 
be the first time that such an affair 
as this ha.«i ever been held on tho 
South Side. 

Pat Campbell, formerly press 
agent for (Jeorge C. Tyler, is en- 
gaged as exploitation manager for 
tho new venture. 


Menlo Moore was again removed 
from his home last week to the 
Lenox Hill -Hospital. He recently 
was discharged from the institution 
and was convalescing at his home 
when a recurrence of stomach 
trouble perturbed his physicians. 
Early this week it was reported 
Moore was in serious condition. 


Florence Jackson, profes.sionally 
Florence Johns. Is suing Myron L. 
Jackson in New York for absolute 
divorce^ The action Is undefended. 
Jackson is a U. S, army aviator. 
They were married a little over a 
year ago. The action is based on 
the usual statutory grounds, with 
the ro-respondent an unknown 





Stock to Be fiffcrcJ Patrons — ^trying It After HoH- 
days — Similar to Loew's— First Choice Given to 
Stockholders -'^ ^ 

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Bobby Higglns, who recently 
closed with the Shubert vaudeville 
unit, "Hello New York' (Singer's), 
has been signed by the Shuberts 
for their now legitimate attraction, 

"Bluthing Bride" Unit 
Among the new unit shows pro- 
posed for the Shubert vaudeville 
time Is a con<tensed version of 'The 
Blushing Bride," In which Lean and 
Mayfield will be starred. They were 
with the original production. 


(Continued from page 1) 

a solution of the managerial difli- 
culty so often reported in connec- 
tion with ticket speculating, his 
plan is it. He is reported to have 
offered to guarantee the managers 
the experiment will be made by him 
in conjunction with them or the 
P. M. A. aa a body, without any one 
sharing any portion of the initial 
expense other than himself, as evi- 
dence of his faith in the proposal. 

Leblang has worked out the plan 
in detail, according to the story. 
The Le Blang ticket selling scheme 
is reported to encompass all of the 
sale of theatre tickets of the Broad- 
way houses, outside of the' box of- 
fices of the theatres, but it leaves 
the treasurers of the theatres in 
their present positions and capaci- 
ties without disturbing any of tliem, 
the Leblang idea being that the 
centpal office and the theatre shall 
work in perfect harmony. 

According to the report, the prac- 
tical side of the Leblang proposi- 
tion is that all tickets in the central 
ofllce shall be sold at the box office 
sale only, with "First Come, First 
Served" to be the trade mark of 
tlte business. It is claimed Le 
Blang's plar> will take up a card 
system for which a nominal charge 
of |1 yearly will be made. 

Leblang is said to have pro- 
posed to the P. M. A. that its mem- 
bers become stockholders in the cor- 
poration forming and operating the 
centralized ticket ofllce. that ia to 
have branches in all sections of the 
city, besides others in the suburban 
towns. The stockholders are to 
share in any profits, including those 
of the cut-rate adjunct, while being 
absolved from any expense attend- 
ing the successful or unsuccessful 

To those who have some under* 
standing of the Leblang proposal, 
which, According to report, was sub- 
mitted to the P. M. A. in detail, it 
appears to place the Broadway 
managers in a position where they 
would be obliged to go on record 
as to their attitude in seeking a 
solution of the speculating evil. . 

Leblang, beat known in New 
York for his cut-rate ticket agency, 
has been familiar with theatres for 
30 years. His reputation relieves 
any base for belief he Is not thor- 
oughly in earnest and his financial 
standing is'such that any guarantee 
he makes is substantial. 

It is said Leblang has Informally 
stated he would not object to the 
introduction of tho recognixed ticket 
agencies as arms of the central of- 
fice, to be included aa parts of it 
and under Ita direct control. 

The Leblang cut-rate ayatem, so 
much discussed by managers, would 
be eliminated as an independent 
business through its connection with 
the central office corporation, with 
the combination virtually irlving 
managers the complete control of 
every ticket for their theatre, either 
through the central office, the box- 
office or cut rates. If they should 
decide upon cut ratea for any of 
their houses. 

On^ Idea of Leblang's is reported 
to be that he thinks through such 
a central office as he proposes, that 
the balcony trade for Broadway the- 
atres may be re-established, mak- 
ing his prediction on that point from 
experience gained by him In the, with the balcony trade to be 
restored at the regular scale rates 
for upstairs. 

Leblang's offer to cast In his cut- 
rate business Into a ticket selling 
pool speaks with what confidence 
Leblang has submitted his t'jket 
.•jelling plan. The Leblang agency in 
cut rates at the present time thinks 
nothing'-t>f selling 10.000 tickets for 
Broadway theatres in a single day. 
It is estimated the seating capacity 
of tho 60 or so mid-section legit 
theatres in New York reaches about 
80,000 per performance. 

No one was located In tho early 
prirt of the week who could speak 
for the P. M. A. on the matter, nor 
had any member of that association 
who was asked up to Tuesday, heard 
of Leblang's proposition having 
been read before a regular meeting. 
It was expected to come up befo«i 
a P. M. A. meeting later this week. 

The Shuberts have been quietly 
working on plan to syndicate their 
vaudeville houses on a stock sellinir 
basis. The general outline of the 
plan calls for stock to be sold to i 
patrons, with an arrangement giv- 
ing the holder of stock first Choice 
on seats weekly. 

The stock selling idea was to ihave 
been promulgated this week,, but 
will be held for the present until 
after the holidays. The plan had 
not progressed to the point where 
a capitalization had been agreed 
upon up to the current week, every- j 
thing pertaining to it being specu- 
lative and formulatlve. t 

It is understood a campaign sim-i 
ilar to the Loew stock selling plan 
is to be followed, the stock to be of- 
fered by salesmen in the Shvibert^ 
vaudeville houses in the same man- 
ner as the Loew stock was sold* 

The Shubert stock selling report 
as applied to the Shubert vaudeville 
houses does not call for participa- 
tion by the Affiliated Theatres Cor- 
poration, the latter being the book- J 
Ing 'corporation, which books 'an<lj 
routes the Shubert unit shows. The 
Shubert vaudeville exchange routes 
the vaudeville bills. , 


Marx Bros' Show Reported Chanfl* 
ing Once More 

Chicago, Nov. 29. '\ 
It is reported the Marx BrotherC 
and Kranz and White are to tak» 
over the Shubert unit often 
designated as the Finkelatein A 
Rubin show, though put our by 
Jimmy O'Neal and W. R. Mo^an- 
stern. Eugene Cox, who provided ■ 
the scenery, left Chicago last week 
for the eastxwith the announced 
determination of bringing matters to * 
a head. 

Jimmy O'Neal is now managing j 
"Plantation Days," a colored show, 
and Norman Friedenwald, who left 
Chicago In advance of the Marx 
Brothers unit. Is In advance of that 
show. W. R. MorgaVistern, who left 
Chicago recently to succeed Frieden- 
wald in advance of the unit show, 
is no longer connected with it. 

The career of this unit has been 
tempestuous from the start. It had 
Joe Whitehead as principal comedian 
when first organized. He is now 
back in vaudeville. Kranz find 
White, who were with the original 
company, have stuck. The- Marx 
Brothers came into the show when 
It was reorganized. Olga-Mishka 
company were with the show from 
the start until after it left Chicago, 
after playing the Engelwood. 


$7,800 at Central, New York; $2,000 
at State, Cleveland 

The State. Cleveland, continues to 
lead the Shubert unit stands, gross- 
ing fl2.000 with. Arthur Klein's 
"Hello Everybody" (Gertrude Hoff- 
man) last week. Next In line came 
the Chestnut Street opera house, 
Philadelphia, getting $10,600 with 
Barney Gerard's "Town Talk* 
(Nora Bayes added). Tho next 
largest gross was obtained by Jack 
Singer's "Hello, New York" at the 
Shubert, Cincinnati, $10,200, with 
Wesley Barry as an added attrac- 

•Troub'es of 1922," the Davidow 
& Le Maire unit, got $9,500 on the 
Ask)ria, L. I.-Boro Park split. Other 
grosces were "Reunited," Aldine. 
Pittsburgh, $8,500; Gallagher**! 
'Broadway Follies,' $7,900, at De- 
troit; I. H. Herk's "Stolen Sweets" 
(Watson Sisters), $7,800 at the Cen- 
tral, New York; "Spice of Xife.' 
$7,500, at the Crescent, Brooklyn; 
Arthur Pearson's "Zig Zag," $7,100. 
at the TTarlem opera house, Ntnv 
York; "Stepping Around, $7,400, at. 
Keeney's, Newark; Jack Rcid'i 
"Carnival of Fun," $7,500, at the 
Englewood, Chicago. 

The lowest grosses were the "^Oth 
Century Revue' at the Majestic, 
Boston, $5,500; "Midnight Round- 
ers," Belasco, WashlngtQii, $5,000; 
and "Echos of Broadway," Criterionj 
Buffalo, $5,000. 

-w Friday, December 1, 1022 


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Also Must Pay Transportation — Former Shubert 
Vaudeville Contract Used — ^Two More Cities Qet 
Straight Vaudeville (Shubert) Next Week 


The Shubert agency la nlgning: 
acts for the Shubert straight vaude- 
ville bills, replacing the unit vacan- 
cies on the circuit, from dlscon- 
tljiued units, cutting the acts' 
salaries paid by the units by $100. 
more or less, for the vaudeville bills, 
and oblif^tig the acts to pay their 
own transportation. With the units 
the acta were furnlsheT^ transporta- 
tion. :.:•:• ,' 

The Shubert office buys the art- 
ists' transportation, deductingr the 
equivalent from the weekly salary. 
This la understood to be a man- 
euver of protection. The artist ac- 
cepting transportation for a jump 
can be held legally responsible if 
he doesn't appear at the house 
designated, unless prevented from 
so doing by unavo:dable circum- 
stances. _ 

The acts for Shnbert vaudeville 
are being given the former Shubert 
vaudeville contracts, replacing those 
held by the turns for unit prcduo- 
tions. A scarcity of vaudeville ma- 
terial Is reported for the proposed 
Shubert straight bills. Many of the 
acts leaving units have signed with 
Loew's or Pantages*. Th s will 
cause, it is said, a number of repeat 
engagements, acts returning in 
vaudeville to the cities whore they 
previously this season appeared 
With unit' shows. 

Two more towns will take on 
Straight vaudeville next week, 
AcadAiy, Baltimore, and Aldine.. 
Pittsburgh. ,The straight or unit 
policy will not be continuous at any 
Shubert unit house, it Is said at the 
Affiliated. The units will be played 
whea available and straight vautle- 
vllle when a unit is not showiog. 
The Shubert people expect when the 
unit circuit is reduced to its mu^t 
that there will be about 12 unita 
playing, plus any other unit shows 
that may be meanwhile formed, and 
with the remainder of the Shuberf 
unit circuit playing stra'ght vaude- 
ville bills. T'.ie total of the number 
of theatres the Shubert vaudeville 
circuit expects to operate for the 
remainder of the season has not 
been stated. 

Christmas week the Orpheum, 
Montreal, starts with Shubert 
vaudeville (or unit) and is to re- 
main a fixture on the wheel, it is 
said. The next addition is expected 
to be the former Century, Kansas 
City, now being remodelled. The 
unit shows were tried at the Shu- 
bert, Kansas City, early this season 
but discontinued through lack of 
patronage, though Kansas City at 
the time believed the Shubert re- 
verted to the road shows through 
popular demand. 

The Academy, Baltimore, was to 
have closed its season last wrck but 
a last-minute change of plana sent 
"The Rose Girl," the Shuberts* own 
revived unit, into the house. 

It was recently reported in Vari- 
etur unit producers had attempted a 
salary cut among acts and artists 
In their shows. The amount of the 
cuts then asked, and in many in^ 
stances agreed to by the artists, is 
said to be the amounts of the pres- 
ent cuts asked by the Shubert 
agency for the straight vaudevi! e 

The 12 remaining units, according 
to report, on the Shubert time will 
be those representing the Shuberts, 
Herk & Beatty, Arthur Klein, Grctn 
A Jones, and Davidow & Le Mai»o. 

The latest vaudeville road show 
at Pittsburgh the current week in- 
cludes Georgle Price, Adele Oswald, 
George Rosner, Mason and Kecler, 
Nelson company, Flo and Ollie Wal- 
ters. Chapelle and Stlnctte revue. 
Horlick and Sarampa Sisters and 

This show replaces George "Gal- 
lagher's "Broadway Follies," whic'.i 
closed last Sunday. i ., 



Dinner Framed for Great Imi- 
tator to Meet Great 



Chicago, Nov. 29. 
Mackln, formerly leading 

lady of Leo Ditrlchstein, ha.^ brought 
suit apruinst Dr. Eugene Vigneron, 
Chicajio dentist, alleging imperfect 
dental work, which impaired her 
enunciation and lessened her earn- 
ing nhiiity. 

l>itrlchstein supports ♦'•r claim by 

The Great Sir JTJseph Ginsberg's 
grouch was partially satiated this 
week with a thrill, a double-bar- 
relled thrill and one that is only 
topped by the thrill he occasioned 
when Willie and Eugene Howard 
elevated him to Knighthood. 

It happened through the sudden 
success of Arthur Hopkins* produc- 
tion of "llamlet." Sir Joe saw the 
performance and hastened to Ms 
adviser, Willie Howard, with the 
suggestion that maybe he could get 
the same author to write something 
for him. If so then Sir Joseph said 
he would forego his Idea of a con- 
cert tour, musical comedy or cab- 
aret and conflne his spare evenings 
to after dinner walls. 

Willie Howard advised him a 
few days later that he would prob- 
ably arrange a little dinner Sun- 
day night for the Great Joe and 
Willie Shakespeare and allow His 
Highness to make definite arrange- 
ment!?. It Iook9 as though Sr Jo- 
seph will shortly play in "Othello," 
assuming the role of lago, the 
Hunchback. Sir Joseph figures he 
can handle the part by stuffing pil- 
lows down the neck of his com- 
plaint coat. 

To a Variety reporter the Oreat 
Joseph confided the details. He 
will stage the reception at Freeman's 
Reartaurant late at night. After Wil- 
lliB Howard has the party are s«t His 
Highness proposes to stroll in non- 
chalantly In his trick derby and com- 
plaint suit (wearing the pewter med- 
als) and act as though he was Just 
dropping In to Inhale some coffee 
and munch on some blitzens. At a 
cue from Willie Howard, His High- 
ness will walk over and pounce in a 
seat beside Mr. Shakespeare. Once 
he gets the author's ear, the rest is 
easy, for he figures to stun him with 
his flawless imitation of Harry 
Lauder, and after that it's Just a 
case of signing the name on the 
dotted line. 

"You see," says the Great Joseph, 
"by^'reeman's I go every night and 
those kibctzera won't think maybe 
its something Important. And then 
mine landsman Mister Gans Is the 
8chammu9 by Freeman's and mfiybe 
he will have some nice portion of 
Kloyshkci left from Thanksgiving 
Day. I like that achammua Gans, 
o6cr he ain't so good looking. I laugh 
to myself whenever I look at his 
schnoohcl, for then I thinks, when 
Gans can get for himself a sweetheart 
with such a schnoohel, there is 
chance maybe some nice girl would 
like to be the Great LAdy Ginzberg. 
"If things by this Shakespeare go 
all right, then maybe I have a big 
dinner In P'reeman's, ober none of 
those kibctzcra will I invit^. Maybe 
Gans can get me a nice dinner with 
Kloyshkaa and borsht or some nice 
gcdamfcd broost and with coffee 
cake they can dunk In the coffee and 
have a nice time. Myself I don't 
dunk, but coffee I like, sometimes I 
drink as many as six saucers full. 
Foi such a feastel I could get ten, 
mnybe eleven, plates at 50 cents a 
plate hnd if those achnorrcra at 
Freeman's want more, then to Lln- 
dy's I go where we can only get four 
in a booth." 

Consequently Sunday night will 
mean the climax of Sir Joe's pro- 
fessional career. He la now busy 
being rehearsed by Willie Howard 
In a routine of commercial gab 
such as one would except from a 
Knlcjht discussing details of a play 
with an author. 

SomoA^ here In tropical America there 
are bunches and bunches of bananas 
training to go on the stage. Some- 
wheres in this country there are 
stage-hands, actors and musicians 
who will pilfer and steal those ba- 
nanas when they finally appear. 

The bananas will play vaudeville 
handled by 


$10,000-L0SE MONEY 

$1 ,900 Deducted from Show's 

Share — Singer Wants to 

Pay Up and Close 

"Hello New York," the Shubert 
vaudeville unit, grossed over $10,000 
last week at Cincinnati and lost 
money on the week. The unit'^as 
charged J1.250, half of the Wesley 
Barry salary,^an added/attraction, 
with 1650 deducted for the salary of 
the Bobby Hlgglns act which doped 
with the unit in Chicago, makin^f a 
total of $1,900. 

Jack Singer was notified of the 
deductions In New York city, where 
he is at present trying to induce 
the Affiliated or Shuberts to take 
the unit over or advance him 
enough money to close the show and 
pay salaries In full to date. 

"Heilo New York" is one of the 
few units that hasn't asked the 
members to accept a cut in salary. 
It is understood the cut will be re- 
quested next week before the at- 
tractrt>n goes into the Englewood, 

I. H. Herk bankrolled the Singer 
unit. It Is understood Singer in- 
vested nothing but his time and ex- 
perience as a producer. As the unit 
artists were engaged by the individ- 
ual producers, Singer is liable for 
the salaries and other expenses in- 
curred. He is asking the Shuberts 
to take title to the unit to relieve 
him of this responsibility. 


(Continued from page 1) 
the payment of nis former wife's 

Deputy Sheriff Murphy served 
the order of arrest on Carr Monday 
at the Selwyn, but let him play the 
night's performance. He is out 
under $5,000 bail. 

Another of the kctlons Mr. Gold- 
smith is instituting against Carr is 
to void the general release of all 
alimony claims by Mrs. Carr. which 
was presented to Justice Lewis in 
the Supreme Court Nov. 22. Judge 
Lewis, after reading the general re- 
lease, dismissed the motion made by 
Mrs. Carr to have Carr punished 
for contempt in not paying the 
amount then due to her, as she al- 
leged. $17,933.31. 

The charges of fraud made by 
Mrs. Carr are based upon the gen- 
eral release, which she claims was 
obtained by her husband and his 
attorney, Heckheimer, in Heck- 
heimer's office without her own at- 
torney present MraJ Carr in her 
affidavit said that it was represent- 
ed to her the paper she signed was 
necessary in order that Carr might 
sell his home at RockviUe Center, 
L. I., and that she accepted their 
statements, signing the paper with- 
out reading It, and receiving no con- 
sideration at the time. The paper, 
later, she swore, came before the 
court as a general release of all of 
her claims for alimony against her 
former husband. 

Another action Mrs. Carr's coun- 
sel has started Is in the common 
court to recover the arrearages of 
alimony, made necessary through 
Judge Lewis' dismissal of the 
motion when the release was pro- 
duced. Judge Lewis, however, 
granted a motion for a rehearing, 
which is to come /before him today 
(Dec. 1). 

Mrs. Carr's breach of promise suit 
is alleged because of Carr's failure 
to keep his promise to remarry her 
after he had disposed of the Rock- 
viUe Center property. At the time. 
Mrs. Carr xilaims. Carr told her he 
\^ould dispose of the RockviUe 
Center property and they would re- 
marry when he would purchase an- 
other home. 

The Carrs have been in the courts 
several times through the wife seek- 
ing to secure alimony due ^ her. 
When Mrs. Carr obtained her di- 
vorce, Oct. '17, 1919, the court 
allowed her $850 monthly. This 
operated until Oct. 31, 1921. when it 
was reduced to $433.33 a month. 

The civil order of arrest was given 
to the sheriff Monday and Carr 
taken into custody at the Selwyn 
theatre, where "Pa.tners Again" is 
playing, that same night after the 
performance. The show is due to 
leave the city to open an engage- 
ment at the Selwyn, Chicago. 

A few days ago, when Mark 
Fisher, a process server In the 
Goldsmith law office, served an 
order upon Carr at the theatre, the 
young man, aged 19 and weighing 
100 pounds, claims he was badly 
beaten up by the actor. 


Stands Atone, Like Keith's 

Palace, Cleveland — 

Opened Monday 


Whitewan Orchestra on Loew Time 
Paul Whiteman is presenting the 
Alex; Hyde orchestra in a tour of the 
Loew circuit. The billing roads, 
"Paul Whiteman presents Alex. I 
Hyde's Romance of Rhjjhm 


. t" »> t, 


During a vi.slt to the latter's muthor, Kathryn Ostcrman, who is with 
Or- j "The Bat," Mayor James M. Curley entertained Jack Ostcrman and 
presented the young com^ian with a key to Boston. 

Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 2f. 
B. F. Keith's newest theatre, for' 
a city like Dayton, with its popula- 
tion and many theatreV, makes local 

history. It stands alone in this city, 
as Keith's Palace does in Cleveland. 
Although not as elaborate, it is still 
pretentious, and shows the personal 
attention of E. F. Albee to a minute 
degree. , 

This house was built by Rapp ft 
Rapp, ihe same architects whc^bullt 
the^ new Cleveland house, besides 
many others. 

The Keith's here seats 8.000 and 
cost $2,000,000. It has also a slz- 
story office building In colonial style. 
The theatre has two entrances, with 
two floors. Every convenience for 
patron and artist has been provided. 
The interior decorations are gor- 

Back stage the same care has been 
shown for the artists' comfort. Ektch 
dressing room ie equipped with 
shower and lounge. 

The opening show of seven acts 
went over beyond expectations, each 
act scoring individual honors. The 
bill ran in the following order: 
Ed Jgmes Revue, Hager and Good- 
melr. "Stars of Yesterday," Claude 
and Marion, Hegedes Sisters and 
Reyes, Van and Corbett. Eva Shir- 
ley. Adler's Orcheetra. 

Judge Baggott waa master of 
ceremonies, and in a humorous ad- 
dress introduced Raymond Hitch- 
cock and Mayor Hale of l>ayton. 

The house will be booked by Olea 
Burt, booking manager of the Chi- 
cago B. F. Keith's office, under the 
personal supervision of C. S. Hum- 
phrey/. Keith's Western general 

Several hundred out-of-towkers. 
Including Mr. and Mrs. Albee.^Mr. 
and Mrs. J. J. Murdock, Mr. and 
Mrs. B. S. Moss, Mr. and Mrs. EL O. 
Louder, Dr. and Mrs. Neary, Mr. and 
Mrs. Sam Schadel, Joseph Rhlnock. 
Senator J. Henry Walters, Pat 
Casey, Harry Davis, and from Chi- 
cago were C. S. Humphrey, Marty 
I^orkins, BUI Cunningham, Frank 
Stander, W. S. Butterfleld, Frank 
Rickson, W^alter Desmond, Harry 
Sprlngold. Max Halprln, John Bills- 
bury, Ez| Keogh, Harry Danforth, 
William Jackson, Warren Jones, 
OUle Strauss and Mr. and Mrs. Gus 

James Weed; manager of the old 
Keith house, will manage both the- 

A banquet was held after the 
opening performance, when It was 
stated there would be three new 
Keith's within the next year, at 
Brooklyn, Boston and Columbus. 

The New Yorkers left here Tues- 
day; as did the Chicago contingent 


Maud Eburne, Flavia Arcara, 
George Trabert, Lionel Pape, Tiarry 
Whitcomb, Edward Lester, Victor 
Cassimore ("The Little Kangaroo'') 
to Gilbert Emery, Courtney Footo, 
Orlando Daly ("The Painted L.ady')^ 

Nirska for "Facts and Figures"; 
Ryan Sisters for Johnny Ford's act; 
Finley and Swift for Calvert and 
Shayne's act; Ruby Howard for 
Anton ScIblUa's "Yankee King"; 
Alfred Stobbi for Freeman Benton's 
act (all booked by Leona Splel- 
berger). - >.; / ■, • -v...-., -,•,/. .:■• 

Charles Derlckson, Charles Schb- 
fleld, William Gordon, for "The 
Clinging Vine." 

Irving Edwards for "Genevieve" 
(Jack Lalt's new show). 

Millie Butterfleld, "Johannes 
Krelsler" (Sclwyns). 

Edna Hlbbard, Jose Ruben, Fred- 
erick Perry for "Gringo." 

George Nash, Effle Shannon for 

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^ Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Amey. at their 
home in New York City, Nov. 14, 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles King, Nov. 
14, a son. The father Is at present 
with "Little Nelly Kelly." The 
mother is professionally known as 
Lelia Rhodes. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Freeman, at 
the RockviUe Center sanitarium, 
Nov. 24, son. The mother was for- 
merly Amelia Caire (Felix and 
Cairo). "Chuck" Freeman is agent- 
ing. The new arrival makes him the 
papa of a male quartet. 

Mr. and Mrs. I, Jay Fagin, Nor. 
17, son. Mr. Fagin is an executive 
of thA Hoseland dance hall and * 
song writer, . , 

W^'^fr-y^l'ir- '■''f 







^K'i."'*"''^ riBTi r — ^ " T T ^f ' 

Friday, December 1, 1022 


Inform Circuit Head That They Will Withdraw Un- 
less "Conditions Change" — Charge Acts Arc 
Booked Direct at Larger Salaries Than Asked 

Chicago, Nov. 28. 

Th« war between Independent 
agents of Chicago and Charles E. 
Hodklns, Alex Pantages* personal 
representative with offices in Chi- 
cago, has reached a point where a 
round robin has been addressed to 
Alexander Pantages to the effect 
that, unless "conditions change" by 
Dec. 10, all Independent agents In 
Chicago will avoid that office. A 
meeting of Independent agents was 
held last Saturday afternoon at the 
ofHces of Sam Kramer In the Ma- 
■onic Temple, and attended by Sam 
Kramer, Charles Mack, Sam Roberts, 
Louis HoUeb, Earl Girdeller, Miles 
Ingals, Sidney Schallman, Hyman 
Bchallman Leo Schallman. Harry 
Bantley, Jack Pine, Al Weston. 
Frank Gladden, Elm^r Jerome, 
Harry Markham, Allen Bummers, 
Billy Cahan. Emery Ettelson and 
Mort Infield. It is declared that the 
signature of each and every one of 
these agents was signed to th^ com- 
munication sent to Mr. Pantages. 

The Independent agents assert 
that they are approached to obtain 
acts for the seven weeks of Pan- 
tages' time in the mid-West terri- 
tory, and that they are expected to 
coax the acts into playing the time 
under the representation that the 
time is not opposition, and that aft- 
er this usually the Pantages book- 
ing department steps in and books 
the acts for the circuit proper over 
the heads of the agents and leaving 
them "holding the bag." 

The letter to Pantages was fol- 
lowed up with letters to the man- 
agers which are supplied with Pan- 
tages' bookings in this mid -West 
section, which asserts that these 
agents will not do business longer 
with Hodkins. and that endangers 
their supply of acts. The move will 
also affect Harry Beaumont of the- 
Aschcr interests, who depends upon 
agents for bookings for the Chateau. 
West Engelwood and other outlying 

The independent agents are able 
to make serious charges against 
Hodklns. They point out in the let- 
ter to Pantages that Earl Fuller and 
band was submitted to the Pan- 
tages office here for $700, and that 
the act was booked independently 
and is getting $850; that Pierce and 
Goff were subfhitted by an agent for 
$225, and are now on the circuit at 
$250; that The Ziras submitted for 
$200 are playing the circuit under 
th« name of Penman and Lillian, 
and getting $225; that Bixley ahd 
Lerner were booked for certain time 
at $250 on a telegram dictated by 
Mr. Hodkins for an agent with the 
understanding that this salary would 
not affect their salary for the circuit, 

(and that Hodkins later changed his 
mind and ordered the artists' rep- 
resentative out of the office. 

The agents assert In letters to Mr. 
Pantages, Charles Olson, L. G. Sour- 
bler, Harry Beaumont and others 
that Mr. Hodkins nor no one fnom 
that office attends the performances 
at the West Engelwood theatre, 
which is the try-out house for Pan- 
tages here, and that the people in 
the Chicago-Pantages office sees few 
acts, but depend upon the eyes of 
the artists' representatives. 

The booking situation of the Pan- 
tages circuit was never further up 
in the air than at present. There 
Is a big force of bookers in New 
York on whom the circuit depends 
mainly, but many acts mupt be 
filled in from Chicago and seven 
weeks in the mid-West is practically 
filled from Chicago. Charges E. 
Hodkins, who enjoys the wildest au- 
thority that Alexander Pantages has 
ever conferred upon one of hio em- 
ployes, is declared to be "drunk with 
power" by the agents. Not long ago 
he took over the bool?s, but with 
his other work this was out of the 
question for him to handle, and ho 
is said to have returned the books 
— to Miss Nan lOlliott, who has been 
with the office for many years, upon 
the suggestion of Mr. Pantages who 
emphasi;:ed that Hodkins had too 
many responsibilities to add book- 
ing to the list. 

The I'antages eastern business is 
handled from the Chicago office, and 
salaries In both the New York and 
Chicago agents are paid by Mr. 
^gdkius, wliili) it lifm with him to 

acquire new theatres and to Inves- 
tigate the many financial proposi- 
tions which are put to Alexander 
P.'intages regarding theatres in 
mid-West territory. 



t. k. 




Tri«d at Colonial This W««k- 
ture Featura , 


LOLA (Girlie) 
of LOf.A ffn^ S'^N'A 

Now Enroute to Australia 

Having your picture printed over 100.000.000 times la called publicity m 
the show business. That has happened to Harry Von Tilzer, and tha 
number may even greatly exceed the big amount. As a song writer for 
many years and the publisher of his own and other hits, the name and 
face of Harry Von Tl'ser are known throughout the world. This stand- 
ard and perpetual publicity induced Von Tilxer some years affo to become 
the first of the famous songsmiths to take to Hammersteln's Vlctor.a, 
where he appeared with much trepidation. His successful engagements 
there though led to other composers going In the twice dally, until It has 
grown to bo so common that many a song -writer now acts as pianist 
only in some turn. The popularity call has sounded again though for Mr. 
Von Tilzer and he "broke in" a new turn last week at Keith's Green- 
point, Brooklyn. He Is about in readiness to acc^t a route on the big 
time that will not too seriously Interfere with his attention to the Harry 
Von Tilzer music publishing business. Mr. Von Ti'zer is asking $1,600 
weekly for vaudeville. 

An innovation for vaudeville was 
introduced this week on the initial 
Johnny Collins booked bill at the 
Colonial, New York. The new stunt 
Is a synchronfred pianolog and pic- 
ture witnessed by the Keith booker 
recently at an Aeolian Hall concert 
and immediately booked. 

The piano appears in "one" with 
a spotlight on it. The picture 
shows the musician making his en- 
trance and the fingering on the key- 
board, during the rend tlon of Ma- 
zurka (Second) Opus by Kudolph 
Ganz. '■; ' r. ■ ;'..•■••■■■.'■'.. 

TV/0 wm' inwrr 


Keith Office R'lllni— Benefit 

of Out-of-Town 


"The Breakaway Barlows with their Society Band" was the offer made 
by Tim O'Donnell to the Keith bookers the other day. Going forward bi 
his facetiousness, Tim added, "But you can have Lester and Vincent, 
with or without a band." . \ 

The Keith office has promulgated 
a ruling aimed to do away with 
It is the intention of th-i Keith ' acts being he'd over at a New York 

A Ford c^r is a tmto of the Ftrorrr and Mann act, which was to have 
played the Straml, Hoboken. When the practical ^uto reached the theatre 
no door was la^e enough to admit it. * ^ 

In the party of executives from the Keith ofllce who made the trip 
to Dayton to attend the opening of the new Keith house Nov. 27 were 
five men now associated with the Keith office, who got their start in 
the show business at Dayton. Harry and Herman Weber, heads of the 
Weber agency, are from Dayton; "Dooley" Donovan, now with the V. M. 
P. A., was formerly manager of Keith's, Dayton; Walter Neal. assistaut 
manat^er of the Paiacc. New York, was a stage hand at Keith's. Dayton, 
and Ralph Farnum, of the Eddie Keller office, got in the business as an 
usher in Keith's, Dayton, at the timo Donovan was manager. ^ 

office to secure pictures and piano 
records by Paderewski, Irving Ber- 
lin and other famous musical per- 
sonalities. The delicate synch oni- 
zation between the picture and the 
piano record Is patented. 

house over two weeks. It will give 

A single woman act recently called in to substitute for another single 
woman, in mentioning it in a letter, said, referring to the act retirlnK 
from the bill: "So, you see, Miss Blank Is a smart showworaan," jeaving 
the inference Miss B!ank )cft the bill because of a flop on her part, and 
that the letter writer was called In to hold up the show. About three 

out of town houses the benefit of aays afterward It beranie public just why the single woman had to 
new acts and features that hereto- I >ave the bill, leaving the old woman knocker to make the best explana- 
fore have been kept in Greater New li'^n she could of her underhanded comment. ; -f 

The nirture fpitur«» makes tf noB- ° ^^u ^ ^ ^ ^ m. ^^ A /• ^^^ Harris, who booked the old Young's Pier. Atlantic City, isn't active 

sibirtffonow tie intricate finder- I ^^*^°"- V^ °'''*^'* '^"^ ^"^'' ^^"*^" ! '» ^^e theatre these daysr. instead, he spends most of his time in the 
ing of the artists much better than . P^^y^"^ ^"^ Palace, jMew York, and quotation room of the Astor hotel brokerage office, supp'ylng pessimlstio 

other acts that have been booked ! views on market movements. When steel got down to par and an eighth 
for runs at this and oiher Keith ' Monday, Ben w^anted to bet it would go under 100 before the close. Thefro 
. I were no takers, so Harris shifted his book to the proposition that steel 

°^ ^' I would get to 97 before Saturday. Loney Haskell dropped in to see how 

Ben Bernie and Band, the latest \ much nearer he was to a margin call, and got an earful of Harris* glooB?. 
musical turn to "wow ' them at the , "if Harris is betting on the decline," he observed." a rally must be near/? 
Palace, New York, was to have re- 

if he were physically present. • 


Chicago, Nov. 29. 

Don Pennock, Jr., vaudeville pro- 
ducer and author of vaudeville 
sketches, is alleged to have disap- 
peared from his offices in thie Shu- 
bert-Detroit opera house in Detroit, 
leaving several complainants who 
have been to the prosecuting attor- 
ney for warrants. John M. Lillis 
charges that Pennock sold him a one- 
thlrd interest in a vaudeville busi- 
ness for $1,000. 

Several other Detroit chaps in- 
vested In "producing rights" of 
vaudeville sketches which Pennock 
claimed to control to the extent of 

mained at the house four weeks 
but will only remain two. It is un- 
derstood that his third week will 
take him into an out of town house. 
Out of town managers are re- 
sponsible for the ruling. TI.ey read 
about acts being held over and re- 
quested the bookers to secure the 
act. The booking men find the acts 
are booking from week to week in 
the New York houses and unwilling 
to leave town unless as a last 

$5,000 more, according to statements ' , Another reason put forth Is the 

large number of acta that play In 
and around New York where the 

Will Rogers, aside from his appearances in Zlegfeld's "Fo'lies," is In 
great demand for after-dinner addresses. As a humorous commentator 
he is regarded as without a peer. So many rcQuests for his appearances 
but for financial remuneration in consideration of his professional stand- 
ing have been received that Rogers has turned over all such engagements 
to Al Sanders, who is engaged in club entertainment booking. 

attributed to the prosecutor. 


The Ted Weston combination tab- 
loid and vaudeville circuit which 
was to have embraced the states of 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New 
York came to an abrupt ending with 
the opening of the first house on the 
circuit, Supreme, Brooklyn, last 
week. The Supreme was oponrd 
with a Sunday concert. Pbor busi- 
ness coupled with the failing heallli 
of Ted Weston led to the decision 
the circuit should be closed. 

Harry Codare. general manager of 
the former circuit, is now with the 
Famous Players. 

houses are adjacent to each other. 
The New York vaudeville patron is 
demanding new faces. The practice 
of placing one or more big time 
acts on a pop bill also tends to take 
the edge off the acts when they got 
into a big time house. 

In several cases acts have played 
two consecutive weeks at houses a 
few blocks from each other. 

The Scotch Brew concern advertised in all New York dallies last week 
that anyone asking for a bottle of Scotch Brew on Wednesday could have 
it without charge. The advertisement mentioned Sir Harry Lauder's 
endorsement of the beverage in large type. It is said Liauder consented to 
the use of his name in return for the Brew concern taking a page adver* 
tisement in the program for William Morris benefit for the Saranao Day 
Nursery. The Day Nursery benefitted to the amount of $9,049 by th« 
recent Sunday night performance given under the management of William 
Morris at the Lexington. New York. 

Irish Band Future Act 

The Irish Regiment Band recently 
at the New York Hippodrcme is i York cabaret of that name). 


The Dolly Sisters have been 

booked for eight weeks in the Keith 

houses, opening at Keith's, W-ash- 

Ington, Dec. 4. The sisters will be 

assisted by Harry Richmad and 
their brother, Edward Dolly. Fol- 
lowing the Keith engagements the 
Dollys go to Monte Carlo, the for- 
eign watering resort (not the NeW 

listening to vaudeville offers via 
Alf Wilton of the Keith office. 


Max Hart has begun suit in the 
New York Supreme Court against 


Catherine Brecn (Breen Family) 
to George Hanneford (Hf^nneford 

Jim Burton to enforce a contract Family) at the Little Churcn Around 

The Marlnelli offloe arranged the 
Keith bookings, and the foreign 
Marinelli office the Monte Carlo en- 

whereby Hart Is to receive 10 per 
cent, of Barton's salary for services 
as ascnt. Through Eppstein & 
Axman, Hart alleges he signed Bar- 
ton when the latter was unknown 
and was responsible for securing 
salary increases until they total $800 
to $900 currently. 


The Keith booking ffice in New 
York has Informed agents that 
Columbus, O., has banned bare feet 
and legs upon its stages. 


Libby and Sparrow, who closed 
with "Town Talk" lant wenk, and 
the Arco Brothers have been ad<lo(l 
to the "Rose Girl," which reopened 
at Baltimore. 

Richard Tant. manager of the 
Central, New York, has gone to 
Baltimore to take over the Shubert 
unit house (Academy). During his 
absence I^awrence Woods will have 
harge of the Central. 

Tho Shubert booking office says 
the Astoria, Astoria, L. I., and the 
Boro Park, Brooklyn, now a split 
week on the circuit, will not leave It. 

the Corner, New "irork. 

Dave Ferguson (vaudeville) to 
Vera Bayles Cole on Nov. 21 in 
Chicago. Mrs. Ferguson is tho 
prima donna of "Bombo" (Al Jol- 
son show), now at the Apollo, Chi- 

Elaine Bernstein to Eugene Bohn, 
non-professional, of Cincinnati. Nov. 
16. Miss Bernstein Is the daughter 
of Louis Bernstein (Shapiro, Bern- 
stein & Co., music publishers). 

Edward C. Raftery to Marie 
Titus, Brooklyn society girl, Nov. 
23. Mr. Raftery is a nephew of 
Dennis F. O'Brien, the theatrical at- 
torney, and connected with tho law 
firm of O'Brien, Malevinsky & 

Esther McQuade to Joseph Wag- 
ner, Nov. 20. Mi.«s McQuado was 
formerly with James Montgomery, 
playwright, and before that of the 

Bellit and Brooks DIssol\^ed 
Henry Bellit and Walter Brooks 
hajyjjjlssolvcd their producing part- 
nership. Bellit will retain the 
vaudeville acts produced by the 


Charles Orr (Orr and Hager) and 
Alma Braham, formerly of "Sally,* 

Charles and Sadie McDonald and 
Co., in a new comedy skit with spe- 
cial set. 

Mace and Worth, double act. 

Rainbow Girls Quartet. ■."»'. 

Lou Edwards and Jack Beasley, 

Roy Atwell and Co. In "The Goat 
Gland Baby" (Coast). 

Edwin Stevens and Tina Marshall 
In "The Gray Fedora" (Coast). 

Jay Dillon and Betty Parker In 
a new edition of "Knick-Knacks.*' 

Revival of the Barry and Wolford 
act by the principals, augmented by 
the addition of Harry, Florence and 

firm., Brooks is interested in the 

new colored show "Liza" at the 63d George Barry Wolford, Jr., to be 

Stre-t. He takes over Bellit's inter- 
est in the attraction. 


Jean Middleton, violiniste, is re- 
covering in the Manhattan square 

sanitarium after an operation. 

Mme. Emmy (Emmy's Pets)* Is at i Fred Barnes— In "A Rooming Hou8« 

called "The Past, Present and Fu- 
ture Generation of Vaudeville."* 
Barry and Wolford have been in 
retirement for four years. 

Tom Dingle and Patsy Dclaney 
in a new art by Paul Gerard Smith, 

"That Quartet"— George Jones, 
Harry Sylvester, Harry Ellis and 

St. Mary's hospital, Pa.«?salc Park, 
N. J., recovering from an operation 
and will be confined there for some 

Loul.«!e Bowers Is recovering at 
Lakewood, N. J., from an oiferation 
lately performed in New York. She 
expects to resume with the "You'd 

Cohan & Harris staff. The roiTple . Be Surprised" production about 
are at home at Winfleld, L. I., after New Year's. 

^^^- '• Anna Stack, auditor of the B. F. 

Lotto Gadski Tnu.«^chcr, who is in I Keith Western office, was operated 
San Franci.s'co with her mother, Mrs. upon at Mercy hospital, Chicago, 

Johanna Gadski, on a concert tour, 
announced her engagement to Ernst 
Tusch, scion of the St. Louis brewer. 
The wedding is to be celebrated in 
Berlin next June. The couple will 
make their homo in Berlin, where 
Buscb is in businesa. 

X. •V'aw. 



for appendicitis, but at last reports 
was on the road to recovery. 

Walter Perclval and company 

were forced out of tho State-I^ike 

bill in Chicago last week owing 

to Mr. I'erclval suffering from lar- 

I yngltis. 


Alexander Sisters. 

Sarah Padden and Co. (3), sketch 
"She Takes Tea." 

The Love Twins formerly with 
the Harry Carroll act on the Or- 
pheum are rehearsing a new double. 

"The Girl from Toyland," with 
Vera Calhoon. 

Fay Thomau Trio. 

Drum Kiddies," with 




McAvoy and Brooks in "Hal- 

Nickolie Do Pasquall. single. 
Zellraan and White, two act. 
Saxo Four — two men, two women 
— Spanish ftaxophone players. 


Friday, Dtcember 1, 192t 

B R L E S Q U E 




rival of Rite in New York and fol- 
lowing a conference between Rife 



Alin I\rr 01 ClflinlV'*"*' ^^^ Columbia offlclals, it was 
Arlll ll£v« ul| oUriUAl agreed to permit the show to make 

Burlesque Managers Figuring 
^Possibilities for Third or 
One Performance 

' Burlesque managers in cities like 
New York, Brooklyn. Boston and 
Phi'adelphra, wner^ Sunday bur- 
lesque shows are not permitted, 
generally get a bad break this year 
as regards the extra money usually 
.grossed on New Year's week through 
New Year's Eve this year falling on 
Sunday. In New York and Brook- 
iyn. the burlesque houses run Sun- 
miay vaudeville shows and in Boston 

the changes via morning and be- 
tween show rehearsals, while con- 
tinuing on its route. 


Publicity Man Arrested 
Cleveland — Dance Not 



Jimmie Cooper's Show, In First 

Columbia Season, Leading 



Cleveland. Nov. 29. 
Wllllnm Dowdell, publicity agent 

jind Phllly no style of entertainment for the Empire, local burlesqtle 
is permitted in the burlesque houses j house, upset the dignity of ClevJ- 
on Sundays. Baltimore in also dark 

''"The suggestion has been made 
and is under consideration by the 
Columbia people that the burlerque 
shows give a performance a few 
Minutes after midnight on New 
Tear's Eve (Dec. 31), which wou'd 
make the performance legally fall 
On Monday, Jan. 1. In New York 
Vnd Brooklyn, the plan calls for the 
Sunday vaudeville show to be given 
as usual Sunday, with the burlesque 
show as the extra midnight per- 
formance, after midnight. 
'' In Boston and I*hilly the house 
^•Urould have to be closed until mid- 
t»Ight, with the performance given 
by the burlesque show after. In that 
■way. the producers who sponsor the 

land's council and stirred up a t«n- 

pest of more than teapot proportx>ns 

when he succeeded In ^retting a 

chorus girl into a private dining- 
room of a downtown hotel, where 
the Republican members of that 
austere body were holding a caucus 
and dinner. One of the so^oAs had 
his wife and daughter at the din- 
ner, and the sudden app<»arance of 
the allowed pcautlly-clad iluucer in 
the august prrsonce caused imme- 
diate remonstrance. The fair 
chorine refused to leave on request, 
claiming; that she hnu been engaged 
to dance at a stipulated price, and 
she would '"deliver the goods" in ac- 
cordance with the asrecment, but 
the hcstility of the ia'vmakcra /Was 

Idea wou'.d get the extra money that ( too fitnmir, and she was compelled 

' goes with one show, anyway, they 

Jt is not known whether the Bos- 
ton and Phil'y authorities would be 

to l^ave without displaying her art. 

The quantity of her costume is 

still a moot question. One paper 

reported that she had even omitted 

■ agreeable to the extra m dnlght I the hitherto lndi.Mpens»abJe tl^Thts, 

•how early Monday morning. \Vhile 
the plan appears legal, objections 
were raised several years ago in 
Boston and other cities not pcimlt- 
tlng Sunday shows to burlesque 

-operating after midnight on the first 
day of the year, when Sunday fell 
on the 31st. the same as this year. 
The «nly shows affected would be 

'those in the east, most of the Colum. 

"bia stands opening on Sundays. If 
the plan mentioned is followed by 

^ the Columbia, the Mutual and stock 
burlesque houses will probably 
adopt the same method of giving 
one- extra show after midnight, or 

.^ on Monday, Jan. 1. 

The three shows on New Year's 
Bve in a week that has the holiday 
ove falling on any day but Sunday 
usually meaps a clean-up for the 
burle.sque shows. The Columbia, 

•Kew York, record receipts of some- 
what over 116,000, captured by 
**Town Scandals" two years ago, 
Were made possible through an extra 
heavy gross on New Year's Eve, 
with three performances on this 

The Columbia eicecutives are 
Working the New Year's thing out, 
and will announce a decision as to 

:« bow it will be handled. 

The Sunday vaudeville show at 
the Columbia, New York, is operated 
by burlesque people connected with 
the ownership of the hous» and 
Columbia Amusement Co. The Em- 
pire and Casino. Brooklyn, are 
operated by independent showmen 
on Sundays, a vaudeville bill being 
fiven. There has been some ques- 
tion as to whether the people having 
the houses Sunday haven't a sort of 
option on the midnight show, which 
In that case would be vaudeville. 
That is another of the points the 

. Columbia will pass on. 

but the press agent maintains that 
hor costume was the resjulitllon ap- 
parel worn by the chorus on the 
stape. The ambitious promoter was 
arrested on a charge of disorderly 
conduct, and a similar warrant was 
Issued for "Jane Doe," the offending 
dancer, who suddenly disappeared 
when legal action seemed imminent. 
Dowdell sturdily maintains that 
a councilman arranged with him for 
the dance, but he refuses to disclose 
the name of the jovial city father. 
The affair was front-paged for four 
days by the papers, although the 
name of the theatre did not appear 
In any of the accounts. However, 
the theatre ads reproduced head- 
lines, promising patrons that "she 
will dance for you. too," and stating 
that "she" is "the second from the 
right In the front row." 


Former Burlesque and Unit 
Managers Suggest 
- Expansion 



Orders Recasting 
New Book 


Following several Inspection of 
the Mollie Williams' Show at the 
Columbia. New York, last week by 

The Mutual Burlesque circuit has 
been approached by former Colum- 
bia and American wheel burlesque 
producers with a view towards ex- 
panding the Mutual to include the 
burlesque men who have left the 
Afniiated circuit operating the Shu- 
bert vaudeville units. 

According to the report, the Mu- 
tual heads are ready to grant 
franchises to the*burlesque men, but 
whether they will accopt the ex- 
pansion proposal is problematical. 

I. U. Herk is said to have con- 
ferred with the Mannheim-Vai peo- 
ple toward the expansion of the 
Mutual by additions of houses that 
Herk and his a.iaociates control and 
the raising of the standard of the 
Mutual attractions. 

The Columbia burlesque circuit 
ofncials have intimated that they 

the Columbia censors, orders were 

Issued to George Rife, owner of the ^o"*' ^«*^e back any of the unit 

Williams show franchise to practi- 
cally recast the attraction and 
equip It with an entire new book. 
The revamping order car- 
ried with It instructions to gener- 
ally reshape the numbers and im- 
prove the costume and scenic ar- 

The Willinnifl show had been re- 
ported adversely upon 
reached The Co^uml 

producers who left burlesque to ally 
with the Amiiated. 

The future plans of the Shuberts 
for the Affiliated circuit seem to 
leave the burlesque produoers, with 
the exception of I. H. Ilork and 
K. Thomas Beatty, out of the run- 
ning. :. 

Deatty controls the Enplcwood, 
innu before it j Chicago, and Herk (with Max 
'la >>'o\v York. ' ^P^'T^'O the Criterion, Buffalo, both 

Jimmie Cooper's "Beauty Review" 
tops the list of Columbia wheel 
shows as regards grosp rece'pts to 
date for the current season. 
"Chuckles" of 1922 is second. Bar- 
ney Gerard's "Follies of the Day" 
and "Sliding" Billy Watson's show 
are neck and neck for third place. 

The Cooper show has consistently 
led the field from the beginning of 

the season, never having been dis- 
placed to date from the top posi- 
tion for receipts. "Chuckle*" and 
"Follies" have see-sawed, changing 
plates once or twice. "Sliding" 
Billy Watson's show has also passed 
the contendere and was second for 
a ^^eek or *(o since the season 

The difference between the leader 
(Cooper show) and the other three 
contenders is considerable. Cooper 
having a safe lead. Just a short 
distance behind "Follies," "Sliding" 
Billy Watson and "Chuckles" are 
Sim Williams' show and Ed Daley's 
"Broadway B.evlties," boih new 
shows on the Columbia wheel this 

Cooper, like Daley and Whilams. 
is playing the Columbia wheel with 
his own show for the first time this 
season, all three being recruits from 
the American wheel. Cooper led 
the American for the last three 
years it operated. Lena Daley's 
show, operated by Ed Daley, and 
Sira Williams were also up among 
the first five each season regularly 
in receipts when playing the Ameri- 
can wheel. Lena Daley is the star 
of the "Broadway Brevities" 

Following ^the six shows named 
about 15 of the rest of the Colum- 
bia's 36 shows are practically 
bunched in the matter of rer'elpts. 

A thing that has hurt some 
shows' business this season more 
than any other in years is the 
handicap placed on a good show 
following a bad one. In certain in- 
stances a bad show has done con- 
siderably more gross business to 
date than the good one following it, 
the Columbia patrons in Uie dif- 
ferent towns falling to* respond for 
a week after a bad show had 
played a given house, on the prin- 
ciple that if one show was bad the 
next one must be bad also. This 
falling off is always noticeable more 
on the first three or four days of 
the week, but by the time the news 
gets around the town that the Co- 
lumbia show is a good one the lost 
business occasioned by the impres- 
sion left by the poor show cannot 
be made up. 

Business on the whole In the Co- 
lumbia to date in the matter of 
gross for the circuit figures about 
(500 to 1700 better than last year 
for the corresponding period, etart 
of the season to date. 



The (Jroom Hert I-ahi 

Tho Vlllakn Harry Ka>- 

Th9 Vamp Harry Meltou 

The lirtde Lillian RocUley 

The Pep itabe LiiFay 

The Bridesmaid ...Kmily Dyti 

The ne»t Man Joe Wood 

1'he Hmiler «^..Uave Wo<k1:j 

The Grouch.... Leo Pel'.etler 

The Quest Dick Pritchard 

Bert Lahr. featured with James 
E. Cooper's "Keep Smiling," 
achieves the seeming impossible 
with this Columbia wheel show. 
Practically unaided, he carries the 
entire comedy burden for the full 
length of the show, keeps the 
laughs popping and exploding like 
an old-fashioned Fourth of July 
fireworks celebration r'ithout a let- 
down from a few minutes after the 
start to the tag line, and although 
on view almost continuously, never 
tires the, or, what would ap- 
pear more 1 gical, himself. 

Talk about your one-man bands — 
Lahr is a one-man symphony or- 
chestra, a Sousa and Whitcman 
combined. A master of all the 
comedy tricks that burlesque under- 
stands and likes. Lahr adds to the 
general list of familiars with a com- 
edy technic of his own that is sure- 
fire for burlesque. 

The idea of having a single comic 
practically give the whole show, 
however, is not a good one. While 
Lahr gets away with it as few bur- 
lesque comics that come to mind 
ever have, it would add value to his 
work to have at least one. or pos- 
sibly two other low comedians 

CContinued on page 8) 



.Stralrht Man Arthur tannine 

>*omlc George Ha it 

>'umic Hube FuM'-craon 

Soubret • Roae Gordoa 

Ingenue...* Flo Wagner 

I'rttna Jean Hart 

Team .^ Lubln and Welsh 



Tom Sullivan's "Mischief Makers,'* 
at the Olympic this week, is a bad 
.show — bad even for a Mutual show 
— and that means it's terrible. Just 
a waste of time with a cast that 
essays about a half ounce of talent 
to the ton. and a show consisting 
of a tiresome and stupid collection 
of blaa that maintains a perfect 
average of mediocrity. 

As a rule if a Mutual show is shy 
of talent or material it manages to 
partly camouflage its lack of either 
or both with blueness — but the 
"Mischief Makers" hasn't even th« 
doubtful honor of being funny 
though dirty. 

It's clean enough — although that 
isn't the show's fault. There's a 
try for the blue several times — the 
intent is there, but somehow the 
performers didn't seem to be able to 
convey what they were trying for 
to the audience. 

And whAn that 14th street bunch 
can't plclc up a suggestion of double 
entendre it's either a question* of the 
stuff being too obviously unfunny 
to register— or it's sold eo clumsily 
it can't be understood. 

The old time concert halls of 
Coney Island's Bowery like Connor's 
used to perpetrate some pretty 
wicked entertainment under the 
label of burlesque, but Connor's or 
Wilson and Kojen'e or any other 
Coney emporiums of the nineties 

(Continued on page 8> 






The MaJeatic, Jersey City. Colum- 
bia wheel, started playing Sunday 
for the first time, this season, with 
the opening attraction "Folly 
Town." The Sunday efxperlment was 
tried for a few w^eks last season. 

The playing of Sunday shows was 
brought about through a tie-up with 
the Firemen's Relief Association of 
Jersey City, the organisation buy- 
ing out the house on Sunday for the 
next six weoks. 

The shows will be routed from 
Paterson to Jersey City, opening 
there on Sunday instead of Monday, 
the same as in the west. 


Meeting This Week-— Gerard 

Seems Certain — Pearson 

and Singer Possibilities 


Columbia Orders Managers to 

Keep Each Other 


$2 •'B00K"--$25,000 SUIT 

Chicago, Nov. 29. 

Harry J. Ashton has started suit 
against Izzy Wcingarden for $25,000. 
alleginc that part of a "book" writ- 
ten by the plaintiff was used in the 
Star and Garter burlesque show of 
1919 by the defendant. 

It is claimed by Harry Munns. at- 
torney for Woingarden. that Ashton 
advertised scripts for sale for |2; 
that Howard Paden. who produced 
the show, bought one; that he u.ied 
some of its material, and that this 
is the foundation for the suit. 

by the ccn.sorship committee. I Paying the Shubert vaudeville 

^Vhilo n,;t afl-nillrd at ; • ..,::-m- ""•»'' Acconlinc: to insi.lor.M. the 
bia omco:-. it i.s un.ler.lo a tl..= lirst ' A"i'i-it< <1 onfacts with tho houses 
decision to order the Hh )'.v off "" ""''' ^P"*'' ^' 
for a cc^rple of weeks to make tho I ^he rirruit as now oper- 
neccsr.arv rena'ra With the ar- f^^-"^' ^^ soiling the attraction.'^ to 

I the houe.s for $1,600 weekly. The 
Krade of attractions wonM have to 


A shift in the Hurtig & Scamon 
road managers this week places 
Harry Shapiro with the "Social 
Maid.s," and transfers Frank Parry 
from the "Social Maids" to the new 
"llockets" show, which opened Mon- 
day (Nov. 27) at Newburgh under 
the title of "Girls from Happyland." 

The show will take tho "Itockets" 
title after tlie Empire. Brooklyn, 
engagement, Dec. 4, the original 
* Hockel.s" having played the Em- 
Hire seven weeks ago, when the 
kIiow was produced by BcUinl 
&. llernstein. 



"'//./- HB FOVNL> OS PAOB 
TitriUy-cight in This Issue 


be ral c<l con3i<lerahly, which wcuUl 
autoninticary eliminate Kome of the 
present Mutual prcduccrs. thus 
making room for the newcomers. 

Judgment Against Sam Howe 
i^nm Howe did not defend a f;uit 
for $il.C(iG iJazian's Theatrical Em- 
porium. Inc., started against him a.s 
a result of whirfi full Judgment has 
been entered in favor of Dazlan'.s. 
The action is on an aHsignert not*' 
from H. Mahieu & Co., theatrical 

A new ruling regarding the cuts 
and eliminations ordered in Colum- 
bia wheel shows by local censors in 
the different wheel cities, the Colum- 
bia's own censors and house man- 
agers along the circuit route, calls 
for the resident manager in each 
stand to forward to the next house 
a complete list of the cuts ordered, 
together with the list that the man- 
ager will receive weekly from the 
town preceding him on the wheel. 

In this way, through the method 
mentioned, each house manager will 
be equipped with a complete list 
of the "don'ts" that other managers 
on the circuit have ordered. This 
does not mean that every house 
manager, however, is to apply the 
full list to his own particular town 
and house, the list merely supply- 
ing the house manager with what 
has been objocted to in the show in 
other cities. 

Inasmuch as some cities permit 
gags, business, etc.. in a show that 
other cities object to. and vice 
versa, the local manager is instruct- 
ed by the Columbia Amusement Co. 
to use discretion in utilizing the list 
of eliminations, as applied to their 
own local situation. 

It is expected the list, however, 
will cause a tightening of the shows 
generally, through the local man- 
agers naturally taking it for granted 
that If a dance or bit has been 
banned in one town there must be 
.some rea.son for it. 

The effect of each manager hav- 
ing a complete list of elimination^? 
is calculated according to Informed 
producers to malce the manager 
more parti' ular in making hi.s own 
eliminations than he would he other- 
wise, through having bits, etc. 
pointed out to him that might other- 
wise escape his attention, 

Tho new ruling went into effect 
this w(ek, a circular letter describ- 
ing what the Columbia p^'ople de- 
sired, going out to all houso man- 

- .<■ I 

A meeting of the Columbia bur- 
lesque circuit board of directors 
was held Wednesday to determine 
what action they will take upon 
accepting applications for rein- 
statement from former Columbia 
producers who went over to the Af- 
filiated circuit and produc ' Shu* 
bert units. 

• Several of the former Cokmnbia 
producers directly and indirectly 
are alleged to have made ap- 
proaches to Columbia ,ofncials to 
And out how they atand as regards 
future productions and franchises 
for the Columbia. 

The heads of the Columbia circuit 
seem divided in their feeling toward 
their former allies. One of the 
triumvirate who control the Co- 
lumbia seems inclined to let dov.n 
the bars, taking the stand that per- 
sonal feeling should be submergiid 
for the good of the circuit. 

Another of the big three ex- 
pressed himself strongly about one 
or more of the producers, but inti- 
mated the applications of the others 
might be regarded favorably. 

Ono producer who seems certain 
of a berth is Barney Gerard, who 
produced the "Follies of i' '» ay" 
in conjunction with the Miner Ks- 
tate. Gerard is legardcd as hav ; z 
gone out with .. clean slate ' las- 
much as he didr 't operate his own 

Jack Singer and Arthur Pearf-on 
a:*e also figured to be back in the 
Columbia fold, as both h.ivc pro- 
duced consistently good shows fop 
the Columbia circuit in the past. 


A new regulation governing re- 
hear^«aIs has been placed I . effect 
by several Columbia wheel shows. 
It calls for the actors to sign a slip 
acknowledging a rehear.sal call 
when notified. The slip signing was 
brought about through the mem- 
bers of one company chronically 
denying having been notified of 
after performance rehears.alj«, with 
the result it was unable to serure 
a full quota. Several other Colum- 
bia shows hearing of the innovatioa 
decided to take it up. 

Mutual and Holyok^, .>. '' 

The Holyoke, Hulyoke, Mass., be- -■ 
come.s a three-day stand on the Xu- ,' 
tual clrcui«t next week. The house "^ ■ 
playt'd Amerir^nn wheel show^f fiy* 
several .Mcasons ^ 

The Mi:;tial will also add ucv <k- 
houseM in Watorbury and Bridge' ^% 


OUTlX)OR AMUSEMENTS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^y^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

Friday, December 1, 1922 



Hagenbcck-Wallace Business in Two Cities May Be 
Followed by Summer Circuses "Under Auspices." 
Big and Profitable Trade in Milwaukee 

. . • Chicago, Nov. 29. 

A« euccess of the "winter edi- 
tion" of the Hagenbeck-Wallace 
circus at Milwaukee and that it is 
making money In Chicago have 
opened up a new. field for fraternal 
organizations seeking benefits. In- 
dications are that next summer It 
will be a circus which will be pre- 
sented under the auspices of some 
local organization, and not a car- 
nival. The impression has pre- 
vailed in the smaller cities that a 
cirbuB was too "big" to be offered 
under local auspices, but the recent 
development of the winter circus 
Idea has opened up the new field. 

The Hagenbeck-Wallace show 
played Milwaukee seven afternoons 
and seven nights under the auspices 
of the D. O. K. K., a branch of the 
Knights of Pythias corresponding to 
the Shrlners of the Masons, and had 
capacity after the first Monday. The 
circus played to betw^een $48,000 and 
$50,000 and made so much profit for 
the D. O. K. K. of that city it Im- 
mediately signed for next season 


(Continued from page 7) 

shooting for laughs in co-operation 
with him. 

"Keep Smiling" itself is a straight 
burlesque frolic, with the usual bits 
and numbers, but also having a 
slight thread of continuity — a tale 
about some stolen wedding presents. 
The "plot" may have been a bit 
more prominent at the beginning of 
the season, but it doesn't obtrude 
enough now to Interfere to any ex- 

In addition to Lahr's distinctive 
method of laugh-getting, there are 
several other outstanding points in 
the show worthy of comment — 
Barry Melton, for instance, a slender 
singing comedienne, who stopped 
the show cold at 10:40 at the Em- 
pire, Brooklyn, last week with sub- 
dued jazzy vocalizing, and who reads 
lines and handles situations in a 
way that stamps her as an artist 
miles above what usually passes for 
"principal" women In burlesque. 

Then there's Babe LaFay, a 
human dynamo if there ever was 
one — a little dancing brunet who 
literally dances her head off. Miss 
LaFay has Improved her vocal 

;Whil.In Milwaukee t^^e stream of I -Jhod^ greatly^o^v^ev ^pr^^^^^^^^^^^ 

Offers from fraternal organizations ««y«^^ ^^^ ^^^.^ ^ ^^^^^^, ^^^^^^ 

a blank, working to the boxes most- 
ly and putting pep Into the show. 
Jean Hart pleased with ballads, 
making the most of a strident so- 
prano. Flo Wagner, th^ ingenue, 
completed the list of. women prin- 

The old lemon game disguised as 
a sort of shell game with eggs, a 
telephone bit, table scene and the 
business of the two comics kidding 
a cop were among the comedy en- 
tries. The cop thing was well done 
— most of the other bits were long 
drawn out and ended nowhere. 

Some imitations of Belle Baker, 
Mary (Jardefi and Lew Fields were 
so bad they were excruciatingly 
funny, but the Olympic didn't catch 
the humor. A "pick-out" number, 
with the choristers each doing a bit, 
brought forth considerable kidding 
by the house, the ushers and special 
cop having quite a busy ten minutes 
patroling the aisles and admonish- 
ing the unruly ones to behave. 

Mile. Fifl Is the house added at- 
traction and cooched it like the 
proverbial bowl of Jelly for the usual 
hefty returns. 

Tom Sullivan's other show, "Monte 
Carlos," was at the Olympic last 
week. It classes as a go:id ^i^tual 
show. If the "Mischiefs" are fol- 
lowing the '•'Montes" all over the 
circuit, they're getting a real break, 
but if the playing order should ever 
be reversed it looks a« if It's 
to be tough on the "Montes." Quite 
a few seats short of capacity Mon- 
day night. Bell. 




Kate Ryan, aged 65, one time 
member of the old Boston Museum 
stock company, died at the Trum- 
bull hospital in Brookline. Mass., 
November 27, after an ilhiess of 
about three months. At that time 
she suffered a shock. Born in Bos- 
ton April 23, 1857, it was said of the 
deceased that she neva^ went to a 
theatre until one Sunday evening 

when her Sunday school teacher 
took her to \ performance at the 
Boston Museum. She saw "The 
School for Scandal," and was so 
impressed she decided to become an 
actress. She was then 15 years old. 


In memory of my dear departed 
mother, v/ho left me to aHcend «; 
hiKher plane November 29th, 1921. 

Her memory will keep green an>l 
fertile until we meet again. 

Qod rest 'her soul in peace.' 
Her adoring non. 


Williams Show Did $7,156— Casino, 
Boston, on Top With $8,500 

After much dlfflculty, she got a 
hearing from H. M. Field, the man- 
ager of the company, and was 
finally given a trial. 

Eventually she made good and 
after that played many roles. £^rly 
this month a testimonial benefit was 
given at the ^t. James theatre, Bos- 
ton, for her benefit. "■" 

began pouring Into the ^show, and 
the Chicago engagement Hl» served 
to foster that interest. 

The season at the Coliseum |n 
Chicago has not been so succeesfi^l 
as the Milwaukee engagement. Tht 
business Is running about $28,000 
a week here with an expense of $20,- 
000. The Chicago engagement is un- 
der the auspices of the Builders for 
Boys, a Masonic organization, and 
the failure to measure up with Mil- 
waukee can be explained by the fact 
that the Chicago engagement has 
not been handled so well as the one 
at Milwaukee. 

The Hagenbeck-Wallace winter 
edition circus now at the Coliseum 
is a clean show. There are no con- 
cessions, no wheels, iro side shows, 
no objectionable features whatever. 
The show is owned by Mugivan, 
Bowers & Ballard, who are prom- 
inent In the outdoor amusement 
field, operating a number of tent«d 


Kansas City, Nov. 29. 

This city's newest exposition and 
amusement building, the Royal Au- 
ditorium, was formally dedicated 
and opened Saturday with the first 
Kansas City appearance of the 
Llndsborg Chortis in "The Messiah." 
The event also marked the opening 
of the American Royal Live St09k 
Show which is the big event among 
breeders in this part of the country. 

The new building cost half a mil- 
lion dollars, covers two-thirds of a 
city block, and seats 12,000 in its 

needing nothing additional to get 
her over. The Three Jolly Bache- 
lors, a singing trio, with each of the 
three men Cv mposing it possessing 
strong resonant voices containing 
real music, figure importantly In the 
olio with their specialty. One of 
the trio, Dick Pritchard, also plays 
several bits with ability. 

Harry Kay Is a tramp in the first 
part, but has litt!e to do. There 
would appear to be numerous other 
types he could handle better. Kay 
shows genuine talent in the second 
half in a finely conceived dope fiend 
character. Emily Dyer is a satis- 
factory prima donna, and Lillian 
Rockley a pretty Ingenue with an 
averaging singing voice. 

The numbers are just numbers, 
the chorua striking a fair average 
on looks. '^ 

Several new bits have^ ifeen added 
since last year, but the "Greenwich 
Village" scene, in which Lahr does 
his familiar eccentric "nance* 
Dutchman in the guise of a cop, is 
still the same wov,- it has been for 
the last couple of seasons. 

"Keep Smiling" did capacity 
Thursday night. On the way out 
the audience were talking about the 
show, and the opinion was unani- 
mous it was very good. The audi- 
ence was right. Bell. 

Barnes Wintering in Texas 

Los Angeles, Nov. 29. 
The Barnes Show is not to winter 
here this season, but will have its 
quarters in Dallas, Tex. In the 
meantime the 

winter quarters here will remain 
Idle. No reason for the change of 
location is given. 


(Continued from page 7) 

would have to extend themselves to 
grab the brown derby from the 
"Mischief Makers" of the current 
.season for first prize in the turkey 

Speaking of turkeys — this Is 
Thanksgiving Week! 

When a show is as bad as the 
"Mischief Mak»n-8' it's hard to dis- 
cern any good in it, the bad points 
being so numerous and so irretriev- 
ably bad the few good points are al- 
most snowed under. Arthur Lan- 
ning, who wrote the book, is as 
competent a straight man as there 
is In all burlesque — he has presence, 
personality, and a method that be- 

ha'lf-'miliion-dollar tokens ripe experience— but Lan- 
nair-miiiion uoiiar . ^^^^^ ^^ practically lost in the .show 

The Columbia, New York, hit one 
of the lowest marks of the season 
last_week, the Mollie Williams Show 
grossing about |7,155 on»the week. 
The previous week "Maids of Amer- 
ica" was also low for the Columbia, 
with approximately $7,500. 

The top notch business of the 
week for the Columbia Circuit was 
at the Casino, Boston, "Chuckles of 
1922'' doing about $8,500. Last week 
was the first of the current season 
that the Casino topped the Gayety. 
Boston, the latter doing $8,150 with 
"Knick Knacks." 

The Columbia's weakest stand 
last week was the Majestic, Jersey 
City, again, with "Temptations of 
1922," grossing $3,500. 



No trace of the stick up crew that 
bumped Louis Maratskey, the 
jeweller, over the head last week 
and robbed him of $3,500 worth of 
Jewelry last week in the Hotel De 
France, New York, had been turned 
up, up to Tuesday. 

Maratskey, who lives in Hudson, 
N. Yr, received a message to call at 
Freeman's restaurant. When he 
reached Freeman's another phone 
message called him to the Hotel De 
France. Arriving at the De France, 
Maratskey on entering a room was 
severely thumped on the head with 
the butts of a cod pie of revolvers 
held by two stick ups. who grabbed 
his jewel case and. left Maratskey 
bound and gagged. 

Maratskey is well known among 
the burlesque fraternity, having a 
big trade in that field in diamonds 
and jewelry. . •* 


William T. Keogn (Davis & 
Keough, producing managers X^ died 
at the home of his sister, Ida F. 
Keough, In Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 23. 
The deceased was 60 years old and 
is survived by three brothers and a 



Who Departed This Life Norcmber 23rU. 


sister. Interment was^ in Charles- 
ton. S. C, his home town. 

Mr. Keough was an old-time theat- 
rical man, manager or tne Academy 
of Music in Charleston, and later 
associated with the Shuberts and 
William A. Brady. 

atre was built and the Keith Inter- 
ests took over local big time vaud«« 
ville he continued In the same ca* 
paclty. " ' -.'^ 

The deceased was actively en* 
gaged In newspaper work practlcalw 
ly throughout his entire career, be* 
ing at one time editor of the Wash* 
Ington, "Times," and in various othi» 
er capacities with the other publi* 
cations here. He published the Keith 
theatre program and was owner of 
the Washington Printing Company. 


David W. Maurice died at his 
home In Lafayette, Ind., November 
21. He was the founder of the Fam^ 
lly theatre In that city, and had 
been a leading vaudeville manager 
of the Middle West for years. His 
death was due tq a complication o|^' 
diseases. His age was 64. ; v * 

\>ii- : 

Edwin H. Bergmeler, known on 
the stage as Edwin Beryl, 28 years 
old, an actor of New York, died at 
the home of his parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. John F. Bergmeler, In Cin- 
cinnati. Sunday night. Bergmeler 
was a member of the New York 
cast of "The Passion Flower." -**^ 

' ■ ^■'*!' ' 


Frank O'Brien died at his homm. 
ih Freeport, L. I., Nov. 22, of a lln* ''. 
gerlng Illness. The deceased wa» 
about 67 years old. For many years 
he was Identified with Jacobs Sc 
Jermon's shows. A wife and two 
sons survive. » ; .i^ij 


John H. Gilmour, 65, died at hla 
home in Yonkers, N. Y. He was a 
veteran of the mtage and formerly 
well known though not having done 
active professional work for the 
past ten years. He had been in 
poor health for a. year. 

/■'" -r'-y ; 1 


Walter Sanford, theatrical man- 
ager and 47 years of age,*dicd at 
White Plains, N. Y.. after an Illness 
of five weeks. He Is survived by bis 
wife and was a graduate of the 
University of Kansas. 


Willett Roe, who 'was manager of 
Galveston Beach last summer and 
formerly a carnival agent and con- 
test promoter, is now in New Or- 
leans, where he Is arranging an In- 
door promotion to be held at the 
Gypsy Smith Auditorium week 
commencing Dec. 4. 

The De Kreko Brop. Shows arc 
playing their third week in New 
Orleans under the auspices of the 
local lodge of the Theatrical Mu- 
tual Aid (T. M. A). The shows 
move from the Crescent City to 
Morgan City, La. 

Laalr's Mighty Doris Shows are in 
winter quarters at St. Louis. John 
La«ir, manager, is now at his home 
at Kansas City. 


--> The Lachmann Exposition Shows 

''^ are In winter quarters at Lieaven- 

worth, Kan. It is said that the 

•how will be enlarged for next sea- 

TT. ^ttiycA , *^ I <.iA*^;i4 k*\ ^ • i 

He c\n blame the author of the 
•book" principally, and what can't 
be blamed on the book — and it's 
enough — is the fault of tl^e poor 
lie's surrounded with. 

Rubo Fulkerson and Ocorge HarT 
have the comedy assignments. Ful- 
kerson "does at" an eccentric 
"Dutdi " role, but out.sidc of the dia- 
lect never gets within ten miles of 
it, and the dialect isn't i«o forty 
either. Conceding the material to 
be tortuously inept and annoyingly 
unfunny Fulkerson, Judging by his 
performance at the Olympic Mon- 
day night, appeared to lack even the 
elementary requirements of a come- 

George Hart, on the contrary, dis- 
played real possibilities as a comic, 
doing a stage tramp that in make- 
up and general outlines seemed to 
have been modeled after Billy Ar- 
lington. Set properly in a show and 
with material Hart would be an 
asset. Lubin and Welsh, a colored 
man and woman combination, did 
an olio specialty that was below the 
small time average, but It was a 
headline contribution compared to 
tho talking skit done as another olio 
act by Fulkerson and Wagner. 

Rose Gordon, a chunky little 
brunet soubret, furni.«hed one of the 
exceedingly few redeeming features 
with number leading that had her 
out In front of the sixteen choristers 
a number of times. Rose never drew 


Through an error two weeks ago 
Variety listed the Casino, Phila- 
delphia, as one of the Columbia 
houses running below last season'.s 
weekly quota. The Cisino has been 
going along at an average Increase 
of $500; $1,000 over last season's 
business for period beginning Sept. 
1, to date. 

It was also inadvertently stated 
in the same issue Gerard's "Follies 
of the Day" did $S,500 at the Colum- 
bia, Chicago. Instead it should have 
read Star and Garter, which was 
the house the "Follies" played the 
week in question. 


Whitman Osgood, publicity man 
for Keith's, died November 24 after 
an Illness of a month from diabetes. 
When Chase's first opened In Wash- 
ington he handled the publicity for 
the house-, and when the newer tbe- 


Grace Proctor, who played In sev^v^ 
eral vaudeville sketch organizations, 
among them the Walter V. Milton 
company, died In Oklahoma -re- 
cently after a long illness. 

The mother of Nina Davis died at 
Lynn, Mas.<«., aged 69. She was tha 
mother of 10 children who survive. 



."The Awful Truth," at the Miller Is indeed awful, starring Ina Clalro. 
The Frohman staff must have been sadly In need of a play for Miss 

That sterling actor, and of America's test, Bruce McRae, is wasted ia 
this piece. 

Awful Is also the word for Miss Claire's gowns. A tea gown of lace^ 
smothered In pink chiffon, showed an intelligent hand. A gold tissue 
dress in the first act was so ugly It Is difficult to imagine a star accepting 
it. The front of the dress was just what an Egyptian dancer would wear, 
with the belt and sash edged with fringe. As though there weren't 
enough trimming, a bunch of ribbon hung at one side. Miss Claire's 
second dress, of purple velvet, had a tight bodice and full skirt. The 
elbow sleeves were edged with cerise ruffles al^d hanging from the 
elbows were loi^, full loops of white tulle. Nothing uglier has ever 
been shown on the legit stage. 

Cora Witherspoon, In a secondary role, dressed to perfection. Her 
first evening gown was a lovely shade of green velvet made with the 
elongated blouse and just a touch of sliver. Her second street dress 
was of a light shade of chocolate brown, made after this season's most 
popular model, full at the skirt and blouse. Grey was worn by Miss 
Witherspoon in the last act. The full skirt had three wide bands of 
velvet in the same shade. 

Port Huron is Regular Stand 

The experiment of playing Sunday 
shows at Port Huron, Mich., by the 
Columbia has proved successful 
after a couple of weeks, and begin- 
ning next Sunday Port Huron goes 
on the route as a regular one day 

It will break the jump between 
Detroit and Toronto. The "Mimic 
World" starts Port Huron on a 
wheel stand. 

, •'» "."S 





Philadelphia, Nov. 29. 
Elsie'Janis, playing for two weeks 
here as a headliner at B. F. Keith*.«?, 
denies absolutely the story of her 
engagement printed In a New York 
paper. The story named nobody, 
and Miss Janis characterized the 
whole thing as imaginative. 

Jobyna Howland, In "The Texas Nightingale," at the Empire, tried so 
hard to convey the idea that she was a grand opera star, but Miss How- 
land was just her own lovable self, big, boisterous and amusing, the 
same as she was in "The Gold Diggers," minus the fat lines of that play. 

Percy Welton at first threatened to be an awful nuisance, but ^^ 
walked away with the play at tho opening performance. ^ •' 

A Model Kitchen was the second act set and what a housewife's d€* 
light it was! But that's all there was. Nothing really happened In the 

Take it all in all, "Tho Texas Nightingale" was a boro of an evening. 
"Enter Madame" Is too fresh in memory to allow the "Nightingale" » 
chance. ^ 

Miss Howland had courage to make her first entrance In a simple 
black coat and skirt. Her long fur scarf and muff were of black and 
white. In the kitchen Miss Howland appeared in a gorgeous silver wrap 
lined In bright green velvet. The gown underneath was of white, soft 
satin; the skirt beautifully draped. The long waist was embroidered IvT 
crystals and held with a hip girdle of jewels. Very nice was a short 
chinchilla coat worn In the last actv Underneath was a graceful gown 
of grey with silver tassels hanging from Ion,? ends at the shoulders and 
waist line. Miss Howland's hats were the small close-fitting turban 

Mollie Williams was back at the Columbia, slimmer and more ambitloui 
than ever. The show remained very much the some as last year, with new ^ 

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Friday, December 1, 1922 



For th* first t!m« the Palace 
ttotel, Saa Francisco, haa a grrl 
■bow appearing in the Palm Court. 
It i« Qorham's "Folliei of 1923." 
tirouffht to San Francisco from the 
Ambassador hotel, Los Angeles. 
Tb« revue, a pretentious produc- 
tion for a hotel to stage, had Its 
opening last week and because of 
its merit has been crowding the 
Palm Court. Three shows are 
^iven. at 8:30. 10:30 and 11:30. A 
|2 couvert charge prevails during 
the run of the show. 

The opening number la "Hello, 
Everybody," two girl pages making 
their appearance in a sort of prolosr 
axid accompanied by "The Travel- 
ing Man" (Jess Mendolson), one of 
the cleverest juveniles on the coast. 
The introduction number clores 
with an ensemble in which all of 
the girls participate. 

Mile. SuE-ette in a "D.inse Orie:i- 
tal," No. 2, went well. She is clover 
flAd easy to look t>pon. Anton 
Yarotski and Ania Karonina in a 
Gypsy dance were next an^^ scored. 
Anita Sullivan, a soprano, formerly 
with Kolb /t Dili, was down for 
No. 4, but switt hed to No. 5. Sha 
has a voice cf power and tone, 
which she ably Jemonstrated in 
"Gianina Mia." "Doris," a cute 
number next, staged by Mendolson 
and Doris Eaton, supported by the 
girls. It tells a story in song. Miss 
Eaton, an exceedingly pretty artist, 
with a voice that i:< small yet ap- [ 
pealing, makes her first appearance 
as one of the girls. The song is 
about Doris being in the chorus and 
lamenting she is not given a chance 
to be featured. The girls finally 
#bove her to the front and she goes 
Into a number v. ith Mendolson, 
ending with a short dance. This 
number was a real winner, and 
should be, since the idea was lifted 
from "Sally." 

David Murray and Mile. Suzette 
presented a ballroom number, well 
flone and much liked. "A Little 
Offering" which followed was a 
buck dance by Miss Eaton. "My 
Rosa of a Thou.sand Dreams" Is 
rAther pretentious with Ricardo 
Montlel and the girls. This was 
Montlel's first appearance and he 
came in for something of an ova- 

After an Intermission was "One 
Thousand One Nights," with Mon- 
tlel as a singer and Miss Karenina 
as a dancer. It was spectacular 
and an eyeful. The remainder of 
tha program Included tha Novelty 
Fox Trot by Murray and Suzette; 
"Dancing Fools," by Mendolson and 
two girls; dance specialty by Miss 
Karenina and Yarotsky; "The Royal 
Fallow." with Miss Eaton and the 
irlrls; "My Jewel of Love," spec- 
tacular number with the girls cos- 
tumed to represent various rare 
yams, led by Mendolson and Miss 
fiuUIyan; Indian Dance, by Suzette; 
''South Sea Isle" (Miss Eaton) and 
•Tia Pera La Victoire," In which the 
•ntira comply appeared for the 

hailed as a waits hit. Next In Una 
of Importance is Frances Williams, 
a veritable bundle of versatility. 
She does three song numbers, 
"Tootsie, Good-Bye," ''Apple Sauce" 
and "Caroline." She also does a 
soft shoe dance that is a gem. 
Frisco Nick In on the bill with. his 
funny dance specialty and other 
principals Include Mile. Nita Susoff, 
Miss Woodrow and Mon. Collins in 
a dance number, and Gay Foster. 

One of the outstanding features 
of this Fanchon and Marco Revue 
is the chorus. The girls are really 
above the chorus grade. They each 
do a specialty that would do credit 
to the average cabaret principal and 
in their ensemble numbers score re- 
I)eated encores. 

Alcohol valued at from $75,000 to 
$100,000, .delivered, was destroyed by 
Deputy United States Marshal 
fjeorge Andrews at Rouse's Point 
last week in the presence of several 
hundred spectators. The deputy 
marshal knocked bungs from four- 
teen hogshead.s and allowed 100 gal- 
lons of the white-colored liquor to^ 
flow down the gutters of the Point 
into Lake Champlain. Destruction 
of the alcohol. F'ederal agents say, 
is the culmination of one of the 
most brazen attempts to smuggle 
liquors Into this country from Can- 
ada since the passage of the Vol- 
stead act. Customs ofllcers stationed 
at Rouse's Point who seized the 
alcohol last spring estimated Its 
value at $20,000 in Montreal and 
from $75,000 to $100,000 if it had 
reached Philadelphia, the point of 
consignment. The shipment was 
made from Montreal early last 
sprirg by freight and was billed via 
Rouse's Point to a chemical com- 
pany at Philadelphia. It was in- 
voiced as "paint remover." Customs 
oflflcers at the Point were suspicious 
of the shipment and took samples 
from each barrel, a cursory exami- 
nation of which showed the con- 
tents to be alcohol and ammonia. 
An analysis made by a government 
chemist revealed the fact that the 
barrels contained only a few ounces 
of ammonia and the remainder was 
pure alcohol, 19§ proof. The analy- 
sis also showed that, if allowed to 
stand In open vats for a few hours, 
the ammonia would entirely evapo- 
rate, leaving the alcohol unharmed 
for beverage purposes. 



THE SUNRISE (Fox Trot) — 

Market's Orchestra 


Okeh 4676 
The first number, a truly beautiful 
ballad, will outlive scores of fiash 
pop Bonga. Although primarily a 
slow waiiz number, the fox trot ar- 
rangement even scintillates. It is 
an undeniable charm and sympa- 
thetic melody that intrigues with 

"Leaves" (Richard Howard) Is a 
smooth fox with a snatch of the 
"Spring Song" in the body of the 
chorus w.hlch will "make" the gong 
If anything will. 


The judges at Madlaon Square i feat by Harvard at New Ilavgn 
Garden who are doing their best to while playing almost an Identical 
kill boxing In this state had another { offensive game as shown against 
great night last Friday. In the I Princeton the Saturday previously, 
semi-final between Joe Welling, the [ A world of power In the central po- 
veteran lightweight, and Andy sitions of the field, but no wallop 

Thomas, the young Italian -Amer 
lean sensation, tha "guessers" 
opined Thomas won. It was one 
of the worst decisions ever made. 
Welling never fought better in his 
long career. By no stretch of the 
imagination could a dispassionate 
Judge have given him worse than 
a draw. He dropped Thomas for a 

when It was needed. There's been 
an abundant discussion as to Just 
wherein was the fault of the bull- 
dog's driving power, but no ona 
seems to arrive at a conclu.sion. 
Superfluous speed In the backfield 
fronted by expansive poundage in 
the line, but no punch at the right 
time. The most logical solution it 

To Bil|^ Simon and Mike Lyman, 
well known in the cafe world, par- 
ticularly In Los Angeles, goes the 
credit of restoring to San Francisco's 
downtown district a cafe as fine If 
not batter than anything the city 
l(new in the "good old days." This 
new temple of good food and amuse- 
ment is called the Palais Royal, and 
U housed In the three-story build- 
ing formerly known as Talt's. The 
new owners have spent a world of 
money In dolling up and rebuilding 
the structure along the most modern 
lines. It is really three cafes in 
one. The ground floor Is devoted 
to the Palais Royal Coffee Shop, 
the second to the I'alais Royal Cafe 
and the third floor to "The Planta- 
tion. There is no music or enter- 
tainment in the Coffee Shop but on 
the second floor Chris Mann's Or- 
chestra suppliog rhythmic dance 
music amid soft lights and a color 
scheme of blue and gold. This floor 
In John Tait's day was known a.s 
"the porch." The new owners 
bridged over the opening upon which 
"the porch" faced, put in a dance 
floor and made it fie))arate. Up- 
stairs, above the I'alais Royal, is 
The Plantation, formerly known as 
The Little Cluh. The scheme of 
decoration hero is entirely Dixie 
stuff like the Plantation in New 
York. Fanchon nn<l Marro hood a 
special revue with Rube WoiHs Jazz 
orchestra lor Ww niuj^io. 

There are two shows staged in 
"The Planiati( II." th«> first at 11 
o'clock and ih*.- .«*iM-on(l .'j 1 o'cloclv 
In the morning. Tlio ahiow is a 
real hit. Fanchon and M.irco are 
leading the numbers with a special 
dance in wliicli they .'<ing at the 
same time a now' composition of 
their own entlilea After the I'arty,' I 

That the wet and dry situation 
Is receiving so much attention by 
administrations Just now may not 
be altogether the result of the No- 
vember elections. It must have 
been brought to the attention of 
ofldcials, by wet propaganda If noth- 
ing else, that the U. S. Is becoming 
a nation of drunkards. Only pro- 
hibition Is to be blamed. The se- 
crecy of liquor, made criminal to 
possess, carry or consume. Is the 
sole cause. Prior preparations to 
have liquor bring It out in quanti- 
ties. It Is everywhere. In the 
pocket. In the car and In the office. 
Drinking goes on continuously, one 
drink leads to the next and to In- 
toxication. People with no Inten- 
tion of drinking, no thought of 
liquor and no Inclination, have it 
forced on them at unexpected mo- 
ments. This condition, while more 
to be found at the moment In the 
cities. Is spreading to the towns. It 
is affecting not only men and 
women, but boys and girls. After 
years of prohibition, there Ijs now 
an oversupply of Jiquor In this 
country. Some of It Is good, but 
most of It Is bad. Prohibition Is 
not only making the U. S. a country 
of drunkards, but it will also make 
It a nation of Invalids. Whatever 
purpose behind the original promo- 
tion of prohibition and despite sta- 
tistics on labor that may be pro- 
duced, prohibition from any angle 
is not alone a dismal failure but it 
is the terror of the century. 

It's singular how certain places^ 
seem marked for soiling. Other 
places do busino.«is openly, but cer- 
tain places are hounded even after 
they have given up to fix previous 
"violations." The other evening in 
New York a restaurant manager 
said he was expecting a "visit" any 
moment. Asked why. he stated he 
did not know. As the restfiurant 
had been in trouble but a shf)rt time 
before, the mannf^ti- u.i^^ askfd if 
the inii)endi'ng ^■I.sit w,i« a follow- 
up of the first. He said no, that 
the first had been squared, that 
they stood ready to t'lke care of 
;ni.\()no, but thr-y kn«'W the "visit" 
was comiiifr. Ask<Ml how they 
knew, the man igor said they had 
been tii)ped to it by .'•omoone in the 
same ofllce ordering ihe "visit."' 
Even places giving up from $400 to 
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DIXIE HIGHWAY— Marion Harris 
Brunswick No. 231S 
Last month this con.edlenne had 
the assistance of Isham J ones in her 
recordings. Currently she is is per- 
forming alone, probably having 
proved her mettle sufficiently not to 
require strong orchestral a.ssistance. 
Not that the musicians here are 
negligible, but Miss Harris is al- 
lowed greater scope in individual 
expression. "Dixie Highway" (Kahn- 
Donaldson) Is a rhythmic number, 
the title suggesting the theme fully. 
The reverse is a colored comedy 
song which Miss Harris handles ; 
perfectly as to dialect and lyric in- j 
terprt'tation. ■. •■ i 

nine-count In the second round, the ; that the fault was In the forward 

line, where there was plenty of 
weight but no drive. It was a fact 
Harvard was getting the Jump on 
the Blue forwards all afternoon. 
Another Idea presented Is tljat tha 

bell saving Jimmy Kelly's boy from 
a sure K. O. 

In the fifth Thomas began get- 
ting to Welling with long overhand 
rights. The veteran feinted a bit 

until the button showed, then picked i Ell elevent were a greatly overrated 

COW BELLS (Fox Trot) — Hsrry , 

Edison No. 51032 
"Cow Bells" (Al Piantadosi) per- 
mits for numerous instrumental ef- 
fects such as mooing, bell clanging, 
chimes, etc., which lends color to tlie 
recording. The "Southern Home" 
(Polak-Eastman-Heltman) number 
gives away the Dixie idea, which 
naturally Is the cue for a medley of 
Dixie interludes. A two piano effect 
is also a striking feature of tiie re- 

NELLIE KELLY (Waltz) — Hazy 

Natzy and His Orchestra 
LOVE'S LAMENT— Same— Hudson 
Pavilion Orchestra — Gannett 
It's a far cry from George M. 
Cohan to the continental Piquet, yet 
both extremes are coupled on this 
record. Both are waltzes, but 
Cohan's Is American, paprikaed 
with a dash of Irish ginger, while 
"Love's Lament" Is amorous and 
as Impassioned as the title. Still a 
waltz is a waltz, whatever the motif, 
and for dance purposes probably the 
foreign composition has a little the 
best of it in melody. 

The Hudson Pa%'Ilion Orchestra Is 
directed by Jack Lawson. Lewis 
James sings a vocal chorus in the 
course of the rendition. 

Thomas out of the air with an In- 
side right that again sat him down. 
Welling discounted Thomas's youth 
and strength by masterful ring 
strategy, tieing him up In the 
clinches and smearing his face up 
with a left jab. 

Welling tired In the last Ave 
rounds, but at no time lost his lead. 
The only way Thomas could have 
evened the score was by dropping 
Joe, which ho failed to do. 

The partisan crowd consisting of 
the entire Thomas neighborhood 
roared encouragement throughout 
the battle. Every time Thomas tried 

team, and while that may sound 
plausible to those who haven't seen 
the New Haven boys In action, one 
flash at that outfit was enough to 
convince anyone there Is overbear- 
ing strength In the squad, but no 

The Crimson got its break on 
O'Hearn's punt, which hit a Har- 
vard end coming back ahead of hla 
opponent to keep him out of tha 
play, but Owen picked It up to run 
64 yards on as brilliant an open naMl 
piece of work as has been seon thl« 
season. They reall7ed on It and 
scored. Yale reco cred the next 

CRAZY— Harry Blake and Rob- 
ert Judson 
TER8' BALL — Same— Pathe 
No. 20838 
Blake and Judson, tenor and bari- 
tone, are one of the best two-man 
"canned** vaudeville combinations In 
the field. They have the right Idea 
in putting over a vocal number, em- 
bellishing the lyrics with vocal In- 
tonations, the only thing they can 
depend upon for distinction, where 
the singer in the flesh has the ad- 
vantage of visible "personality." 
The "crazy"^umber (Turk-I^obln- 
son), for example, conjures up the 
spectacle of the twain romping and 
strutting and "nutting" all over the 
stage were they appearing In vaude. 
vllle. The "strut" number Is ap- 
propriately dlalected In keeping 
with the colored "Miss Mandy and 
her dandy*' idea. 

SUEZ (Fox Trot)— Clyde Doerr and 
Orchestra r^- 

I WISH I KNEW— Sam^-Vlctor 
No. 18947 

"Suez," a majestic Oriental fox 
trot, is the work of Ferdie Orofe, 
Whiteman's pianist -arranger, and 
Peter DeRose, which Doerr inter- 
prets soothingly and calmly with In- 
tefl*mittent whistle and other effects. 
"I Wish I Knew" (Spencer-Ander- 
son-Bryant) Is a west coast favor- 
ite and a nice even dance. 

PARADISE (Medley Fox Trot) 
— Carl Fenton's Orchestra 
TRULY- Same — Brunswick No. 

The annotation on the label, 
"Buescher instruments u.^ed." Is 
liable to as.<4ume «oHie sort of signifi- 
cance if it is plugged suincient'y. 
Whether the layman comprehends 
that the dulcet clearnes.'i of the re- 
cording has anything to do with the 
make (tf instrument empltjyed is but it is a f.irt thit 
rv«-y Brunswick disk thus far re- 
vl»'wed in which Bucsrher is con- 
cerned sr)und3 so much better. 

"i'aradise" is nif'<II«'\ i-d with 
"Four I>f>af Clover" (DoSylva- 
Francis - ( Ici sh win ). bo'h from 
c;cor«c WhitoH ' Sf'aiKl.ius." "Truly" 
is an iiitcr.iti.itirik' daruc tune by 
Vincent to whi'-h iJcnriy Davis 
fitted words, although it is really 
tlio mrlu'ly that count;;, Fcnfftn's, 
orchcstrst doe5 both exct'<-'ding'i*' 

It missed or landed. This may have 
influenced the "homers." Another 
factor may have been the odds 
which installed Thomas a favorite 
over the ChI?ago boy. It Is almost 
uncanny the way the poor Judgment 
of the Judges at the Garden saves 
the "wise" money. Once or twice a 
coincidence may be — but for break- 
fast., dinner and supper — "the 

Nearly every week the Incom- 
petent grocery clerks and ex- 
butchcrs who are supposed to Judge 
the Garden and other local club 
bouts pull a bone. 

The week before It was Jack 
Bernstein of Yonkers who was 
cheated out of a well-earned vic- 
tory. Before that it was Al Norton, 
the welterweight, who fought one 
of Leo Flynn's meal tickets and got 
the rawest deal seen in seasons. 
Next week it will be some one else 
and so on and so on, until the blue- 
nosed boys are a'gain in the saddle 
and the grand old game confined to 
the sticks and the small towns, 
where they seem Inclined to pre- 
serve their eyesight. 

It is next to Impossible for an 
out-of-town fighter to get an even 
break at the Garden when boxing a 
local favorite. Welling has had two 
doses. When he fought Leonard at 
the Garden he weathered the tough- 
est 13th round in ring history and 
carae up almost as fresh for the 
next session as the ann-weary 
champion. The big dough was rid- 
ing on a knockout. In the 14th 
Leonard couldn't hurt Welling, so 
weak was he. yet at the psycholog- 
ical moment the bout was stopped 
and Benny credited with a technical 
K. O. Welling; told the writer after 
the bout that after the I3th Leon- 
ard's punches were like cream puffs 
and he could have stayed indef- 

Kid Kaplan, a pocket edition of 
Tom Sharkey, won easily In the 
main bout from Kid Sullivan, re- 
cent conqueror of Sanunf Sieger. 
Kaplan, a rugged tearing boy with 
a wicked left hook, had Sullivan in 
distress several times but the latter 
was too tough to go down. Sul- 
livan substituted for "Pepper" 

a punch tfle gang screamed, whether ' klck-ofC on Hammond's fumble, du|f 

out 20 yards for two first downs, 
then flopped, and had to try for & 
field goal, which failed. ; > 

Line plays made up the ofTensIve, 
which took the ball over those 25 
yards before the kick was tried, and 
In the beginning of the next quarter 
the Blue team pulled as beautiful a 
forward pass from a kick formation 
as could be executed. O'Hearn 
faked the kick so perfectly he sucked 
the entire right side of the Harvard 
eleven in and then tossed to Neid* 
linger, who completed a 20-yard 
gain before he was stopped. What 
that play would have done on a 
fourth down when the Blue was at 
the other end of the field and within 
easy striking distance of the HUr- 
vard goal line Is guesswork, and sec- 
ond guessing is always an Idle 
pastime, but It leaves something to 
be regretful about. 

A Williams man, who played 
against Yale earlier In the season, 
said the EH linesmen were woefully 
lacking In knowledge as to how to 
use their hands when on the de- 
fensive. Such an assertion may 
bear out the reasoning that the 
Blue's forward wall was at fault In 
other things as welf^ though that 
has no bearing on the team when 
carrying the ball with the use of 
hands then restricted. 

Harvard played hard, clean and 
heady footbaU. Hammond, a sec- 
ond string back, was partlcu'arly 
prominegt when carrying the ball 
and promises plenty of trouble for 
his opponents next fall. Gherke, 
Owen and Buell need no Introduc- 
tion or odes to their ability. And 
again the Yale ends were outplayed, 
as at Princeton. Before game time 
the betting was generally at 10 to 7, 
with Yale on the long end, and In 
some Instances odds of 2 to 1 were 
In evidence. The name Ya^e is 

It was noticeable throughout the 
contest that Neidlinger practically 
never carried the ball, and then only 
when on th© recely[pg end o^ q 

When Gabe Kaufman, who man- 
ages Electric Park, Kansas City, In 
the summer time and promotes ath- 
letic events during his winter "va- 
cation," returned from a short trip 
to the east, he brought with him 
permission from the Royal Mounted 
Police of Canada, for Wallace Dugld 
and George Walker of the Montreal 
force, to appear In a wrestling show 
at K. C. Kaufman was advised by 
the "wise ones" In New York he 
would find it impossible to get thA 
two athletes away from their com- 
mands, but decided to try It and 
was successful In getting them 
10 days' furlough. lie Immediately 
arranged for Dugid to meet Edward 
I-ewis. the champion, In Convention 
Hall. Kanffis City. i:)ec. 8. The 
Canndian w^'i^hs 1115 pounds and Is 
claimed to be a wonder. He de- 
f*»ated F'mil Map.TU, the winner of 
the Frcnfb wrestling tournament, 
in two qui* k fiills. The match here 
will be two f.ills out of three, with 
two hours and L'.'i minutns time limit 
and a derision if neresisary. 

A radical cTiaTlfire 'frfthi the affair Irt 
Jersey, where he was a constant 
menace to the peace and quiet of the 
Princeton side of the field. It mny 
have been because of O'Hearn, who 
incidentally gave the most hcndy 
exhibition on the field, playin.f? con- 
sistently, but whatever the reason 
his offensive value was as nothing 
against Harvard. The overliead 
work of Yale at the finish, when 
Neale and Bench were sent in, 
gained considerable yardage, but the 
time was too short, and the Cam- 
bridge boys knew what to expert 

Harvard won on Its merits and 
the ability of Owen to pirk open- 
ings when let loose In a broken field. 
The contcot itself could not be 
termed good football, if c(»nside; ing 
It technically, but a game that has 
so much tradition attached to it 
needs not the the meciianiral per- 
fection to make it stand out -and 
next yifH^ ban another fall r fason. 

Yale closed Its season with a dt- 

Billy Gibson is to succeed Tc.t 
Pickard as matchmaker and fight 
impresario at .Mndi.son Square Gar- 
don .'iffer the fir.^t "f the >»'ar. ac- 
cor(iing to aijtiiorifativo sourer;-*. A 
chaiiRo in the I^>xiri,'.c Coninii;^slon 
will be in order about the sjino- tlni?, 
Areordlng to rhe >^fory. Vt'iiUcn 
MuKloon Is to be supplanted. kj» 
(Continued un i age Sl> 



Friday, December 1, 1^22 



Trad* Mark R«Klat«r«i] 
PBbli«h«d WMkly bj VA&IBTT. Im. 

Sim* BllTMrnan, Pr«Bldent 
2S4 Waat 4Cai etra«t Naw York City 


Ane«al |7 i Forslva.... ft 

Sincla Coi>l«« >• Caata 


Na. t 

Variety w«nt to prees Tuesday 
nli^ht of tbla WMk, owing to the 

Th« N«w York "Evonififl WoHd" 
conducts ft "What Did You B^T' 
dopartment, with Its readers in- 
vited to forward otorioc. I'rizet are 
given weeJcIy. and last week the 
first prixe of a Dort car was won by 
18-year-oId Etiiel M. Vitoch of Say- 
vlllo. It. I., who turned in the fol- 
lowing story, published in the 
"JCvening World": 

The Goat 

Bayville now has two moving 
picture establishments. One of 
them, the No%'elty, has been with 
Its for years and is under the 

management of Mr. G . Not 

long ago, Mr. 8 , proprietor of 

a retail clothing store, leased the 
opara house and announced that 
lio too would show pictures. In 
the beginning his prices were 
•omewhat lower. He showed good 
pictiu«a. • • • The crowd be- 
gan coming, prices went up and 
Mr. B Introdurced the "coun- 
try store" Idea. Every Wednesday 
night he gave away coats, suits. 
dresses, rugs, furs, etc. This 
brought immense crowds. • • • 
Well, the enterprising manager of 
the Novelty wasn't going to be 
left behind, and he began giving 
us the "country store" also on 
Wednesday nights. TMs week his 
offerings included a live goat, two 
live geofse, a barrel of flour, a ton 
eC coal, and the like of that. 

• • • All well and good. 
Wednesday night cama^ I was at 
the Noveltyi Tb«-e waa a big 
crowd. A boy won the goat. 

• • • Thursday morning I went 
to th« villago and saw Mr. Goat 

In the show window of Mr. 8 's 

clothing store! Mr. S had 

bought the goat from tho lucky 
boy. There was nothing else ia 
the window except the announce- 
ment pasted on the glass, "I Got 
a •» Goat," • • • More later. 

Harry Wooten, vaudeville and 
picture editor of the "Times-Des- 
patch," Richmond. Va., visited his 
home town, Leland. Fla., last week, 
after an absence of several years. 
The landlord of the only local hotel 
recognized Wooten, but refused to 
acknowledge he was the original 
Jlenry, since, as the hotel man in- 
formed the visitor, the original 
Henry Wooten had been burled with 
appropriate ceremonies several 
months ago, and they weren't going 
to have all of their first fuss marred. 
The next morning Mr. Wooten 
•walked out to his grave, read the 
Inscription and admitted everything 
had been done in proper form, but 
insisted his name be removed from 
the slab that denoted he had died 
doing his duty with four companions 
of tho same town, In the infantry 
regiment he was with in France. 
The landlord, assuming his office as 
the constable of the village, would 
not permit the removal, stating the 
parson said Henry Wooten was dead 
when they buried him and as far as 
Deland was concerned, Henry was 
just as dead as the others around 
him. As the town had several wit- 
nesses to the fact that he was dead, 
said the offlcer, and Wooten was the 
only one to speak for himself, the 
constable ordered Henry off the lot. 
Henry, now back In Richmond, does 
not know what the outcome will be, 
for in Deland he's still dead by 
official inscription. 


Tha stag* and the church aro Interested in aach othar. always have 
been and probably always will be. For the last several seasons the pulpit 
took exception to the tide of risqut dialog and situations that washed in 
on a wave of bedroom farces and things from the Franch. What the 
clergy had to aay about Broadway was not complimentary. The aasoci- 
ations for the advancement of the dranxa formed a sort of liaison with the 
church, and stage cansorship waa proposed. There Is said to ba * volun- 
taxy censorship machine with a panel of SOO or so civilian jurors to alt 
la Judgment of Broadway's "bad things." but there have already been 
produced between 10 and 70 new plays this season and nothing heard 
from the censorship machine, though all the returns aren't in. 

This aaaaon it looks like a reversal of tiie usual procedure of bon mots 
between tha pulpit and tha footlighU. At least three plays have drawn 
so much favorabla mention from the cleigy, the praise from that source 
constitutes a novel angla to the season's activities. Sunday night tha 
Rev. Dr. W. John Murray of the CUiurch of the Healing Christ delivered 
a lecture on "The Fool." and the Selwyns, who produced the play, sup- 
plied the minister 2,000 specially prepared folders distributed to the 
congregation. "Loyalties" has drawn uniforro praise from tho pulpits of 
several denominations. "The Merchant of Venice" Interested the clergy 
of Baltimore, with arguments pro and con, which will likely obtain h«re 
when the Belftsco presentation arrives. 

Along eomas "Haln,^ one of the most vivid dramas In years. One of 
the leads is a man of the cloth, a missionary to the far corners of the 
earth. It looks like a bit of finesse on the manager's part, changing the 
usual situation by winning plaudits instead of pannings from the church. 
From a manager's standpoint he'd take it either way from the clergy. 
Perhaps it is more to be desired to have the clergy using the hammer. 
That is surer of publicity, and public attention Is the healthiest thing for 
the box office. But if there is nothing to "steam up" the clergy, the 
second cbolcs of praise from it is welcomed. Looks like finesse. 

And tho reversal In favor of Broadway now crops up unexpectedly. 
Th«-e is Dr. John Roach Straton. Last season he was frequently in the 
reformers' line-up, in fact, often at the top so far as the theatres were 
concerned. Dr. Straton has a little situation of his own to contend with. 
It's about the Ku Klux Klan, or the "Coo- Clucks," more properly. The 
evangelist of the doctor's church was disclosed as the general representa- 
tive of the Coo-Clucks, and admits It. Dr. Straton said it wasn't so. 
But the clerical gent who admitted his Klan connection has his name on 
Dr. Straton's "call board" at the church and right under the doctor's own 
name. But Dr. Straton must know what he is talking about. 

draped to one hip. Ona Ions ball >!••▼• waa adgad with grey fox. Thlg 
was followed by a Spanish drass of black lace, having no lining. Th# 
hem was wired. A red mantilla was draped over a high comb. 

The chorus throughout tho show waa well dressed in all the numbers. 
The first act opened with the girls in short dresses of all colors and 
doslgns. The seoond curtain found tha girls divided in two sets of oos« 
tumao — ^half in black and white and others in white dresses draped t^ 
yellow. The romper numt>er remains the same as last season. Margie 
Barron was her bast in silk rompers. Also nioe was a short dancing 
drass of mauve made entirely of tiny ruffles. From the waist line huotf 
narrow rose ribbons. Miss Barron'a first red soubrette dress was spoils^ 
by orange under- dressing. 

Georgia Eknmett wore a peach colored dress made entirely af tint; 
tucka A black net dreas had silTer-embroidered panels faced in red. 

EOla Corbett shimmied her way through the ahow ia a gold dress maM 
with a broad panel at the hack facad in green. 

"banned fuel** sounds like a recommendation for itself. Stern o Canned 
Heat comes in a compact little can with instructions. It Is claimed for 
It that the canned fuel will furnish heat at a moment's notice, in or ooti 
of doors. Its manufacturers say it may be used for cooking, boiling, 
ironing, heating make-up. for ironing or obtaining hot water quickly^ 
and that It is smokeless, odorless and clean, always ready for usSk 
Canned heat might be a long-looked-for comiianlon to traveling people. , 

Coo- Clucks certainly describes the "invisible empire," charged with 
terrorizing the Southland. Strictly a coin-getting scheme, a fact disc-osed 
by one of the metropolitan dailies months ago, "solicitors" getting mem- 
bers get commi.sslon. The more members, the more dough and cooing for 
Cluck membership right in New York's churches; cooing for initiation fees 
and dues, and the new members permitted to cluck under a white robe. 
Perhaps the under-minlster of Dr. Straton's church has been proselytizing 
for the Coo-Clucks for altruistic ends. Then who gets the commish? Slips 
passed around among the congregation suggesting Joining in with the 
Clucks. Candidates to attend a meeting In a funeral parlor and if they 
pass muster, kick in with the coin. Nice little idea. Anyhow, the doctor 
has something within his own house to attend to and will probably have 
little chance to notice the theatres for a time. 

Raformers thrive on agitation backed by some authority^. The authority 
that favored the reformers for two years up in Albany was voted out of 
office early this month. Al Smith, the re-elected governor of New Tork, 
had no time for the long-haired crowd when in office before. He isn't 
built that way, and the reformers will have to play die or at least go it 
soft pedal. Without Albany's smile the civic leaguers will not have the 
support of officialdom and -that may make it tough to get dough, for the 
reformer has to have the coin to operate, just like any other agitators. 

The clergy may be lying low until some of their own brethren who done 
gone wrong are forgotten by the newspapers. This may have been so 
far a good season for the theatre recommendations, but it has been a bad 
one for the ministers. Too many have had their names on the front page 
for one reason or another. That glass house quotation (Doc Steincr 
knows it— letter perfect) is Just about hitting the clergy right In the 
center of their publicity seeking. Now they want to hide instead of glow. 


Managers do love authors and authors do love manaRers — each of them 
before rehearsals start. After that what they think of one another never 
could be published. 

Which may or may not be the rea-son for the Shakespearean ru»ih that 
looks due for this season. It is a well known fact that Shakespeare died 
some time ago. Even the managers know that. And they have been 
rewriting this plays ever since. Some say they don't dare to play the 
original script of some of them and some didn't dare to play any of them 
until someone else did. -^^ 

But it isn't that Will would have interfered even if he had not died, 
that is Inducing the producers thia season to read Shakespeare's lines 
over again. Maybe Warfield and Barrymore are the incentive, but there 
is only one Warfield and but a few Barrymores. 

• Edmond Jarrett, American, was 
recently condemned to one month's 
imprisonment in the Paris police 
court. During the performance of a 
clown at the Nouveau Cirque, whose 
net consisted of Juggling with lighted 
torches, Jarrett seated in the bal- 
cony, after having broken the dry 
law, attempted to Juggle with 
matches. They fell on people boJow 
and caused protestn. Whon the 
'lice tried to e.xpe« Janet t he re*- 
elstcd and it for "lebcllion" and 
violence towards the oJficers of the 
X>caco that h"- r."*".!-. td fici.cCi.ce of 
a month on t'.i'? water ua;;on. 

Tommy Mead, formerly a Jockey 
and also on the et.ige, has saHed for 
Bumanla. ^Lure ho win train and 

^id«> hoiAGS, 

Unless you arc a producer you can't appreciate what it means to figure 
up at the bottom of the statement that 5 per cent., 7^ per cent, and 
often 10 per cent., Just for the author, the guy who wrote the play. It's 
like buying an auto on the Installment plan, having the machine stolen 
without insurance and being obliged to keep up the Installment payments. 
What doe* an author do? Only writes the play. And the manager only 
produces it; always wrong, too, says the author. 

With Sharkespeare dead, there is no royalty due, and hasn't been for 
several years. In the»e days of large and small grosses, 5 per cent, or 
10 par cent, on a run of four years means something. Every play before 
it opens is to run four years. Some don't, and the author blames it on 
the manager, with the manager blaming it on the backer. 

Playing Shakeepeare on a margin of 10 per cent, saved Is not a bad 
scheme, maj't^e, to the manager, though it may be called a dirty idea. 
And with no author around to tell the manager to tell tho director to tell 
the actors how tg play their parts, the manager naturally believes he has 
a chance to get it over, remembering Mantell and others have been get- 
ting along quite nicely for years without sending any statement to the 

The authors may retaliate — like Equity — and go Into the show pro- 
ducing business on thoir own. Just to teach the nianngci-.s a)id leUuce 
their bank balances in the same way. 


"The Pride of Palomar," at the Rivoli, was such a good book It waa 
disappointing to have it prove a poor picture. Forrest Stanley should 
never have been cast for Don Mike; he is too pretty. And Marjorie Daw 
.wasn't the Ray of the book.* 

Miss Daw wore several simple dresses not of the new models. 

More applause than George Dilworth, Edgar Falrchild and Herbert 
Clark, at grand pianos, received has never been heard in a picture house. 

(Continued from Page 8) ' ' ' ' — 

specialties for MolUe. A sketch went in for the mysterious and was 
badly done by Mlsi^ Williams' support. The grey drees and cape and 
small hat worn by the star wero very smart. 

For her second act ppeclalty sho appeared In rcdOghtg and velvet tops 
to matrh, A Rtove-plpe hat n^so was In red. The girls backed this 
number in black tights and satin roat«, faced In wlilto with white oollars 
and rovers and red tlca They also wore white stove-pipe hata The 
afCcct was most striking. 

Miss WUliamB (as of yore) changed on tlit ptn^e to a long silver frock. 

There are 38 men on the Palace program this week — and five women. 
Another ungsual occurrence is there are two sketches. Holbrook Blinn's 
might have been an added chapter to that remarkable bofk. "Through 
the Shadows," by O. Henry. Whyi doesn't Mr. Blinn give vaudeville a 
real thrill by putting on 'The Black Mask," the one-acter he did at tha 
Princess a few years back? It is one of those things, once seen, you 
can never forget. 

And Wellington Cross has in "Wives" a playlet that will live long In 
vaudeville. In less clever hands what a mess could have been made of itti 

With Mr. Cross are Gretchen Sherman, Loila Brooks and Elaine Ivans. 
Miss Sherman was in an evening gown of turquoise blue trimmed at 
the belt with rhinestones. Miss Brooks' gown was all silver with no 
trimming. Miss Ivans was girlish in a white chiffon dress. Ona Munson 
displayed a nice wardrobe. Her first dress of ooral brocade velvet waa 
very oddly made inasmuch as it was a dress and coat combined. Th« 
trinuning was squirrel. A Quaker dress was the inevitable gray very 
prettily trimmed with white lawn. A patriotic dress had the skirt in bluei 
tulle, silver bodice and a white cape lined in red. Then there was a 
black dancing frock trimmed in silver. Miss Munson changed her foot« 
wear with each costume. 

Blanche Klaiss (with Ed Presaler) appeared first In a messy velvet 
cape trimmed with white fur. Underneath was a dress of yellow heavily 
embroidered in pearls. A peach colored chillon embroideured in violet 

Catherine Dale Owen, as the daughter in 'Tha Bootleggers." at tMI 
S9th Street, has four very good looking dresses. A gray cloth three-piec« 
dress and coat had orange trimmings on the sleeves and had summer 
ermine at the collar and cuffs. An afternoon dress was of green with aa 
embroidered girdle. A hat was of brown velvet. Underneath a wrap of 
yellow chiffon and chinchilla was an evening gown of pale green chiOoa. 
Rust color was the last act dreas, made in the now familiar lines, lonif 
and full. 



Woman w^s a United States Senator for one day. If they can booV 
Senators for one day only, actors should not worry about playing split 

It Is hardly worth while for her to study the part for such a shorl 
engagement. You have to furnish your own wardrobe also. 


Next time she will probably ask for a **run of the play^ contract. ■' 

It's funny. The day after one of France's greatest statesmen arrived. 
In America somebody started to advertise a "French Students'" balL 

Standing in tha Photograph League * 

Prince of Wales 964 

Lloyd George 952 

Clemenceau 95% 

Babe Ruth , 333* 

•Time off for vaudeville foul. 

Sultan of Turkey wired to English general to find out how his wivei 
were doing. Ouess the old ruler heard some moving picture actors wer^ 
in town, and he didn't want to take any chances. 

Out-of-town vaudeville theatre has a novelty bill this week. Theri 
Isn't any band on It. 

Newest theatre has a play room for the children of the artists on th4 
bill. It's going to be tough to make the baby get off a hobby horse to gdi 
out and take that bow. 

It's all right If it's an animal act; they can take the horse right oul 
with them. 

Friars gave a dinner to the three czar.*; — Thomas, Landls and HaysL 
Rival clubs may try to top this by giving a dinner to 'The Four Horse- 

"What the Acts Say to Their Agents" 
(SugKcsted by Pete Mack. 'Tho Layoffs' Friend") 
Casting Act: "How high is the stage there. Can we get all the llnoi 

Animal Act: "Is there a good animal room there fur 'he dogs? Is It 

Comedy Talking Act: "How Is the 'one' there? Deep? Has the 6tag« 

a wide apron, or can we get right down to thrm?" 
Full .Staf^e Sketch; "Our act calls for a lot of sofa pillowa Is there 

a good projxu ly man there?" 
Jazz Kond: "What band played there \nn* wf^k?" 
SiRiei- Act: "Is that nice niiinager still at that tlicatre?" 
Dancr.i- Act: ♦'Is there a good stage tho: e. or will we bring the mat?* 
Posinir Art: •'Don't forget to tell them that we want the stage boxed 

■In While we're on." 

Magic Act: *as there any way for me to got out Into the audienceT^ 
Any Act: "See what you can do about the week following." 

Shakespeare Is back on Broadway, and seems to be er.joying hlmsel& 

Co*s been on the road ^•HPk >>• hardly knew the old places 

For the first time In a long time he's getting acquainted with t^t tic 

speculator* .■,<>■ 

Fdday» Dectmbcr 1, IMUI 





Four Juliets, Two Rosalinds, Two Hamlets and Three 

. Shylocks Listed for N. Y.— Ames' Drama, •'Will 

Shakespeare/' Also—^Due to Barrymore Success 

The profusion of plans Broadwajr 
manac^ers unfolded within the last 
week to establish Shake.speare as 
the most prolific playwright of the 
season was regarded in some quar* 
ters as "Much Ado About Kothing." 
But every producer named verified 
the correctness of the announce- 

Variety forecast a vogue of 
Shakespeare some weeks ago, but 
according to the intinerary New 
York theatres will be splashed with 
the blank verse ar.d rhyme of the 
Immortal Bar more copiously, for 
there are listed at least twelve 
presentations of famed Shake- 
spearean plan's. 

Inspection of the Shakespearean 
fleluge point to four "Romeo and 
Juliets," two of "As You Like It," 
two "Hamlets" and three "Mer- 
chants of Venice," besides half a 
dozen other Shakespearean plays. 

Two supposed definitely arranged 
preeentations are for Ethel Barry - 
more and Jane Cowl, both to be 
•Juliet" and both due^about the 
bolldays under the respective man- 
airements of Arthur Hopkins and 
the Selwyns. It wat first stated 
IClta Bamrmore would succeed 
^"tioBe Bemd" at the Ijongacre with 
•As You Like It." Reports are she 
may still carry on and appear as 

"Rosalind." The Theatre Guild 
rides with the Broadway bunch by 
announcing Margalo GUlmore and 
Joseph Schlldkraut in "Romeo and 

The success of John Barrymore in 
"Hamlet" at the Sam II. Harris Is 
believed to have had much to do 
with diverting managerial attention 
to Shakespeare. The attraction's 
first full week drew a gross of over 
$19,300. That the matter of royal- 
ties enters, is also figured, fo:' there 
are no royalties on Shakespeare. 

David Warfield in Belasco's pro- 
duction will be the second of the 
big Shakespearean presentations in 
"The Merchant of Venice," being 
listed for debut at the Lyceum De^ 
cember 18. George Arlisa is named 
to aiu>ear, too, as Shylock for the 
Ekiuity Players after his tour in 
"The Green Goddess," which would 
time the Arliss appearance in the 
spring. That is approximately the 
period which John Craig and Mary 
Young will enter with "Hamlet," 
while April is named as the date 
for Emanuel Relcher in "King Lear" 
and the "Merchant." 

The wave of Shakespeare is tak- 
ing the place of the usual seasonal 
•zcursion in revivals, and is akin 
to the latter in the matter of 
(Continued on page 33) 


Befors-trisl Exarninstlon Allowed 
''Strut Miss Lizzie" 

In the 123.000 suit begun by Strut 
Miss Lizzie, Inc., against tho Elarl 
Carroll Realty Corp., Justice Mc- 
Avoy has denied Earl Carroll's mo- 
tion to vacate an order for his 
examination before trial. Accord- 
ingly, Carroll will be examined next 
week to testify why he allegedly 
refused to deliver possession of tho 
Earl Caroll theatre to the plaintiff 
and pay the "Strut Miss Lizzie" 
owner ^ all receipts in excess of 
13,400 the week of July 10 last; why 
he refU3 mJ to account to the plain- 
tiff; w^et'.ier or not he "maliciously 
consi)ire<r' to deprive the p!aintiff of 
the theatre, and also to testify ancnt 
an alleged secret arrangement with 
Henry Creamer (Creamer and Lay- 
ton), one of the authors of the shoNV. 

Strut Miss Lizzie, Inc.^ is suing 
for the $25,000 damages through 
Kendler & Goldstein on the charge 
it was deprived of certain receipts. 


JTreasurcrs* Club Holds Annual "Speechless" Mid- 
night Supper — Will Rogers and Benny Leonard 
On Bill 

The Treasurers' Club of America 
held its annual ".«ipeechless" mid- 
night supper in the east ballroom 
of the Hotel Commodore early Sun- 
day morning. It was a great laugh 
racket, louder than President Harry 
Nelms ever figured it could be, amd 
successfully satisfying to every one 
•f the 350 Broadway box offlc*j men 
and guests. 

Broadway was deserleJ of the 
converging football bugs who came 
on from rhiladelphia after the 
Army-Navy Igame, and New Havon 
from the Yale-Harvard contest, 
when the treasurers decided to 
Tsmp with the deadwood. 

The program suggested that 
"those who are not sure they can 
And their way home are requested 
to phone Cain's Transfer." The 
club warmed members it would not 
bs responsible for guestj left after 
to days. 

Will Rogers, ndm'tted to be the 
theatre's foremost afrev-dinner 
humorist, was tho trump of tho en- 
tertainment. He arrived in tow of 
Lenny Bergman (AmstO'.dam), who 
had been told not to appear wiihout 
his man. Rogers was snatched 
away from a Iambs' Gambol re- 
hearsal. He started the lauci;htcr by 
wishing he could sing; in fact, he 
was willing to give »- thousand 
hucks to be able to warble, for he 
thought there wasn't any mord 
chance of talking to the "gang of 
lighted diners" than he hal of gel- 
ting the right change back. 

"This is a unique affair," said 
Rogers, "because it's a cinch the 
dinner is being paid for by '.he 
speculator.*?. I have been piomised 
a seat in the balcony next May for 
a certain hit, and I flqured it out 
that if I didn't come over here to 
chew the rag to you buzzards that 
ticket would call for a K'.'at behind 
a post. There are mere tuxedos 
showing above the tables ani more 
overalli* undorneath t^an any^'here 
In the world" (which was a rich 
conuncnt on the practice of 
ing in the box afflcesj. Holers 
lini.'-lKMl wiih m bull's-oyr, sayinj? he 
had talk..1 to .tf ITU- of the most dis- 
tinrjuis'.ifJ nndi'Mues in the wo'-ld, 
I'U. l\\v Iv. ;» .iH'.x were di.' Rustingly 
n Al 1>jv::j:2 ;iri4r.<Ui«i-d ihe ti*ltul 


Joe Cawthorn Remains in Philadel- 
phia» with injured Knee Cap 

When Charles Dillingham pre- 
sented his new production of 
"Bunch and Judy" at the Globe. 
New York, Tuesday night. Johnny 
Dooley remained in the role created 
in the show In r.hiladelphia. 

A cabaret scene was also in- 
serted into the performance, with 
the Six thrown Brothers and Grace 
Hayes In it. 

Mr. Cawthorn tore the' ligaments 
in his knee when taking a bad fall 
last Wednesday on the stairs lead- 
ing to his dressing room in tt)e 
Philadelphia theatre. Mr, -Dooley, 
called upon from New York in the 
emergency, rehearsed steadily and 
the show, which was forced to close 
after the matinee, reopened Friday 

from his place at the officials' table, 
but he had small chance of dojng 
anything more than the mere an- 
nouncing. A chap in make-up at 
the table was finally introduced &s 
the offleial tailor, present to Inspect 
the tuxedos. He began a speech in 
Yiddish, but was choked olT by 
Darling. The fellow was made up 
to look like a Yiddish cantor. ^ 

Willie and Eugene Howard 
started the show with a song duet 
that brought such persistent plaud- 
its Willie "encored." His bit was 
an imitation of the Great Sir Joseph 
Ginsberg giving an imitation of Sir 
Harry Lauder, and it was one of 
the morning's best laughs. 

Benny Liconard. the lightweight 
champ, soon to appear in a new 
show at the Winter Garden, proved 
himself qualifled to be an actor. He 
spoke briefly and cleverly, surpris- 
ing the gathering by the manner in 
which he sent his stuff across. 
Eddie Dowling closed the laugh- 
making section of the show, tickling 
with a dialect yarn of Yiddish street 
corner protest against the "Coo- 
Clucks." Edd4e said K. K. K. meant 
"Kill the Catholics, kikes and 

Signs decorating the walls were 
funny combinations of show titles. 
Perhaps the best was "Good Morn- 
ing, Dearie. It's a Boy." although 
that mixed a hit with a flop. A map 
showing the territory favored by 
treasurers for their summer vaca- 
tions was especially devised by a 
scene painter. It had several direct 
routes from Broadway to Montreal. 

The menu listed Bronx, Manhat- 
tan and Martini cocktails, with "re- 
printed from {in old menu card of 
a dinner given Chauncey M. Depew" 
in parentheses. The fish course was 
varied with "free pass crabs," "war 
tax crabs." "wrong end of the line 
crabs." "end seat crabs," "center 
aisle crabs," "Just crabs." For 
, "nuts' were suggested William Jen- 
nings Bn*an. A. J. Volstead and 

Lyrics and woi-ds for the program 
were contributed by Felix Adler and 
Tommy Gray. Applicants for mem- 
bership to be conaidered a thorough 
box office nian mu»it agree that his 
favorite color is the long green; the 
J,,., ... (Coatinued on i>««e 17) t 


Chicago, Nov. 29. 

"For Goodness Sake," the musical 
comedy which had a turbulent sea- 
son at the Oarrick in this city some 
time since, has run into hot water 
on the road. Tho tour was aban- 
doned at Springfield, III., last Thurs- 
day and It Is reported here the peo- 
ple had to wait there a coupls of 
days for salary. 

The show was backed at the start 
by three Poughkeepsie (N. Y.) mil- 
lionaires, one of whom was the chief 
of police of^hat city. The show is 
said to show a big loss. 

Which Makes Scale $57 In- 
stead of $45 — Brady's 
Show Also Classed 


May Lay Groundwork for Ex- 
tensive Theatrical ' 

William A. Brady's production of 
"The World We Live In" at the 
Jolson. and Arthur Hopkins* "Ham- 
let," in which Jack Barrymore is 
starring at the Sam H. Harris, have 
been ofBclally declared "musical 
comedies" by the Associated Mu- 
sicians of Greater New York, better 
known as Local No. 802 of the 
American Federation of Musicians. 

The musical union's rating of the 
two shows as musical comedies is 
ba^ed on a union rule which places 
a dramatic show that holds as much 
music as a musical comedy in thfe 
latter class. This means musicians 
playing both shows must be paid 
according to the musical comedy 
scale, which is $57 weekly. Instead 
of the dramatic scale of |45. 

The rules classifying musical and 
dramatic shows does not call for a 
larger number of musicians for mu- 
sical comedy than required by 
dramatic shows, which is a mini- 
muna of four musicians. ^ 

The musical union figures the 
average musical comedy to contain 
at least 45 minutes of music. Both 
"The World We Uve In," which is 
a sort of dramatic fantasy, and 
"Hamlet," which has generally been 
considered a tragedy by the world's 
most learned scholars and the public 
at large, have considerably more 
than the 45 minutes of music, in 
each instance consisting principally 
of music cues and incidental music. 


Another Company of Operetta Soon 
Going Out 

A No. 3 "Blossom Time" is being 
readied by the Shuberts and will 
open at Syracuse Christmas Day. 
The managers are giving the at- 
traction exceptional advance work, 
with May Dowling, the champ 
agentess, out five weeks In advance. 

"Blossom Time" promises to 
outdo "Maytime" as an operetta 
success. Tho No. 1 show Is playing 
to excellent business In Philadel- 
phia, while a No. 2 company con- 
tinues the Broadway run and is 
averaging a good gross weekly at 
the Century. It Is in its 57th actual 
playing week here and tops the list 
in point of run. 

George M. Cohan, who sailed on 
the "Majestic" Saturday, will first 
visit Paris with his family for a 
rest bofors engaging in London 
stage activities. Although a num- 
ber of plays were marked for direc- 
tion by him in the English metrop- 
olis, It Is rather definite that he will 
not personally appear in "The Tav- 
ern" there as intimated. 

When asked as to his foreign 
plans Mr. Cohan laughed and his 
answers were quiszical, the impres- 
sion conveyed being that he might 
lay the groundwork for extensivs 
theatrical operations dated within 
the next couple of years. Upon his 
visit abroad last winter he made 
arrangements with C. B. Cochran, 
the London manager and sports- 
man, for a program of associated 
producing there. Plans then made 
were postponed by cable when, upon 
Cohan's return here, he was induced 
to remain in America. 

Cohan had announced definite re- 
tirefiient as a manager following 
Equity's program of a closed shop 
In tho theatre and attacks by Equity 
upon Cohan. His offices were given 
up, companies withdrawn (with the 
exceptioi. of "The O'Brien Girl." 
which pre-dated the "Equity shop" 
idea) and most of his theatrical 
properties disposed of. When ur- 
gently requested by prominent show, 
men to again produce, he rejoined 
the Producing Managers' Associa- 
tion, from which he withdrew at the 
time he became president of the 
Actors' Fidelity League. • 

"So This Is London!" will be pro. 
duced In London In association with 
Cochran, Cohan directing the pluy. 
Cochran will present "Little Nellie 
Kelly" alone over there, that prob- 
ably applying to "The Tavern." 
The manner of staging "So This Is 
London!" in England has aroused 
conjecture whether the play will be 
switched about and be called "So 
This Is New York!" or whether the 
piece will be presented exactly, as 

In the Cohan party were his 
mother, his son, and Edward Dunn. 
Cohan's wife went abroad about a 
month ago to place their two daugh- 
ters In a French school. 


Rochester, N. Y., Nor. 29. 

If Daniel Frohman has his way, 
and If present plans materialize, the 
Eastman theatre will be the scene 
of a mammoth benefit performance 
for tho Actors' Fund of America 
la January. Mr. Frohman was here 
last week to Inspect the Eastman 
and broach his plan. 

As Geo. Eastman is at his North 
Carolina estate no final decision was 
reached, but it is believed that 
tentative plans will be put through. 


Tessa Kosta is to bo starred by 
the Shuberts in "Virginia," a musi- 
cal play, to be produced by the Shu- 
berts. The managers purchased the 
rights for "The Little Dutch Girl" 
with Miss Kosta in mind, but that 
oi)eretta is postponed. The latter 
piece has a score by Emmerich Kal- 
man and was presented in Vienna 
and London. 

*Mes Bound'* for Harris 

"Ice Bound" by Owen Davis will 
be produced this sea:^on by Sam H. 
Harris. He will have among his 
associates in the production Lewis 
A Gordon, who procured the play 
this week from Mr. Davis. 

Keenan Scores 
San Francisco, Nov. 29. 

"Peter Weston," presented for the 
first time on any stage last week 
at the Aicflsar. with Frank Keenan, 
l>roved a good drawing attraction 
iind is held thi.<< week. 

The sudden illness of May New- 
corab, playing opposite Frank Kee- 
nan, gave Hope I>rown, a newcomer 
in the cast, an opportunity. Miss 
l^rown assumed the part on short 
notice and handled it welL ,,,«.,,<,, 


Blasphemous Drama Fails on Road, After Stirring 
Broadway Last Season — ''Anna Christie*' Doing 

The HaliT Ape," Arthur Hop-' 
kins' presentation of Eugene 
O'Neill's vividly languished drama 
which caused a stir on Broadway 
last spring, was closed Sunday, the 
tour ending at the Studebaker, Chi- 
cago. As a road attraction the 
"Ape" was a fliv. It started off 
weakly in Philadelphia, and the bal- 
ance of the road time was said to 
have been played principally in 
order that tho show have a try at 
a Chicago run. It remained in the 
latter city three weeks, and al- 
though opening to smart business, 
the manager decided to recall It. 
No time further than Chicago had 
been booked, it being the manager's 
policy not to play small stands. 

"The Hairy Ape" was first put on 
at the Neighborhood Playhouse, be- 
ing brought to Broadway at the 
Plymouth by Hopkins five weeks 
later. Uptown, the show drew top 
heavy business with the balcony de- 
mand demonstrating the play's ap- 
peal to radically inclined residents 
of the East Side. Its average was 
about 18,000 weekly, a spurt follow- 
ing a roadinf? of the play by Chief 
Magistrate MrAdoo. The ofTlrIM [» j 
said to have calhd for the hoript t 
upon the of a complaint filed 
with him by the police. He returned 
the script without comniont and tho 
threatened police inturfrrerue f;id(>d. 
"Whether It was a publUlty fclunt, 
rone in the Hopkinja »';r,in!2r>il..>n 
,,. Would n-iy, bui it pivtwiauj ti\jt\l 

page publicity and business at the 
Plymouth Increased for a time. 

The interest in the "Ape " by the 
Drama Leaguers because it was an 
"O'Neill work," was calculated to 
provide strength on the road, but 
the measure of support from that 
quarter appears to have been over- 

"Anna Christie," the O'Neill play 
produced by Hopkins, which did a 
smaller measure of busineiis on 
Broadway, has proven one of the 
best dramatic attractions on tour 
this season, with $12,000 weekly got 
In many bigger stands. 

Tho Hopkins production store- 
house at Ninth avenue and Forty- 
seventh street was on fire late last 
week. All productions thei;e were 
virtually destroyed, either by fire 
or water. Among the settings lost 
were "Richard in." "The Jest." "Re- 
demption." "Daddy." "Tho Deluge," 
"Good Gracious, Annabelle" and 
"The Gypsy Trail." The first three 
named productions were considered 
the most valuable as the manager's 
1)1 ins fall for rej>ertory with John 
and I^lom 1 Barrym ore later on. 
Tli'-ro was no inslirance. 

Mel Raymond, who directed th€ 
tours and road i)ubllclty for the 
Hopkins flttractloTTf!. has resigned. 
James Jay Brndy Is now ahead of 
">>nna Christie." which opens at the 
V.'aljiut, rhiladeli>hla, following the 
pros* n I d.'it*» at the Plymouth, Bos- 
i"n. .,. _ i .... 



Friday, December 1, 1922 




The boxing fans are groaning through the gyp by the specs on the flght 

tickets for Madison Square Garden. The VIlla-Goldsteln flght was 
lopped at $7.70 at the box offloe, with no tickets on sale there. Specs 
fot as hi;;h as $20 for the $7 seats and as much as $15 for the |5 
ones, single tickets In earli Instance. A similar condition Is alleged for 
any bout of note held in the Garden. The constant patrons of the fights 
are a.sking questions why the box ofllce has none and the specs so many. 
They charge the Boxing Commission, which places much emphaasis on 
the gambling evil of the tights, which concerns a very fow people, is 
doing nothing about the ticket speculation gouge that affects everj'body. 
The ticket men of Times Square are fully aware of how the specs secure 
their Garden supply and how the whole thing is handled or manipulated. 
Fighting in New York as permitted is not aided by this ticket traffic that 
is displeasing thou.sands of flght fans, who, sooner or later, will make a 
protect that may threaten the game. liut no one interested directly prob- 
ably carts anything about that, while the getting is good. 

The right.s to "Rain," the new dramatic hit produced by Sam H. Harris 
at the Maxine KUiott, were owned by John D. Williams, and the latter 
ha.s an Interest In the show. Williams Is again in the Frohman office. 
lie submitted the play to Gilbert Miller who somehow permitted It to 
slip away. It wa.s said after "Rain" landed Mr. Miller, under pressure 
of other productions, had never gotten around to a reading through 
of the script. Al Lewis and Max Gordon alJ'o have an interest In the 
Harris hit. They also are interested in Harris' "Six Cjlinder Love," "It's 
a Boy' and were in on "Welcome Stranger." 

Frank Bacon's untimely death In Chicago sets at naught the long-laid 
plans for the star's special appearances in "Llghtnin'.'* When the record 
making comedy left Broadway for Chicago, 14 months ago It was agreed 
between Bacon and John Golden the manager that certain city stands 
were to be saved for the original company and the star. There were 
some changes necessary because of the long stay In Chicago and the 
company headed by Milton Nobles played most of the week-stand terri- 
tory. Boston was one stand, however, that was held for Bacon, and for 
that reason the Hub has not yet seen "Llghtnin*." The show will open 
next month as scheduled, however. All territory west of the Mississippi 
was also held out for eventual Bacon appearances, that including the 
coast points where the actor-author began his stage career and where 
he was long a stock player without dreams of starring on Broadway. 

Hugh Ford, after many years In picture production, appears to have 
returned to the legitimate permanently. He is concerned with two of 
Broadway's current attractions, having produced "The Romantic Age," 
with Frederick Stanhope, at the Comedy, last week, and possessing a 
considerable Interest In "Merton of the Movies," which also arrived last 
week. The latter attraction is under the management of George Tyler 
and is at the Cort. Ford is considered one of the most expert stage 
directors on Broadway, his recent activity also taking in the managerial 
fide of production. 

"The Texas Nightingale." opening at the Empire, New York, last week, 
had Chicago's opinion of the play (called "Greatness") entirely reversed 
by the New York critics. The reviews in the Ntw York dallies, almost 
without exception, were favorable, while in Chicago the reviews, without 
exception, were adverse. Zoe Akins, the author, spent a week in Chicago 
while the piece was running and looked over her play, but was said to 
have made very slight alteration. The most Important point that appealed 
to Miss Akins, according to the account, was whether Jobyna Howland, 
the featured player, in the kitchen scene (during which there is much 
dialog about cooking), should not actually cook. It appears to have 
been decided in the negative, as Miss Howland did not cook anything 
at the Empire premiere. If "The Texas Nightingale" gets over in New 
York, It will be as complete a reversal of Chicago's opinion as has 
occurred between the two cities In years. Chicago turned down the play. 
In its third and final week there it virtually played to nothing but paper 
at the Olympic, which held the show. 

probably have come back on the advance for the En^IIsb rights, which 
have already been bid for by two firms. 

William A. Brady appears to be getting a little of a break at last. His 
"World We Live In," at the Jolson, la climbing, despite a bad start It's 
creating a little talk around, a very good sign, though the location Is a 
tough one for a climbing show to overcome. Last week It did $14,000 
and is holding an Indicative advance sale for over five weeks ahead. It's 
a class piece, and that's another handicap, being obliged to reach a 
certain class of theatregoers who are not always the regulars before 
getting them all. 

Brady's musical piece, "Up She Goes," at the Playhouse, is another 
comer, reaching $10,800 last week, and could hit capacity if the balcony 
and gallery get going. The balcony and gallery in New York, like those 
In Chicago, are starving. The reason for Chicago is told in a story in 
this week's Variety, but no reason has been advanced for the New York 
condition. Some say It is cut rates, but that is an opinion. 

However, it was the cut rate thing which brought Mr. Brady to the 
condition of mind where he thought It advisable to send "To Love." with 
Grace George, to the road. That three-people show had been doing 
between $8,000 and $9,000, showing a weekly profit, but the buy ran off 
and Mr. Brady preferred the road for his wife rather than the cut rate 
sale In New York. "To Love" wasn't the big money maker the casual 
reader might believe of a play with three people doing $9,000. The royalty 
reached 10 per cent, on a sliding scale, while Miss George and Norman 
Trevor each received 10 per cent, of the gross, with Robert Warwick's 
straight salary of $750 weekly. Miss George additionally receives a 

Mr. Brady was at Atlantic City this week resting up. He deserves a 
break, for he has with.stood them for a couple of years or more without 
a murmur, taking all kinds of chances. He put on the Insect piece to the 
cost of $130,000 before opening, not knowing any aaore than you did what 
it could do, as it was a novelty production. . 


Alfred Cross and company opened 
In stock &t the Broad way -Strand t^ 
San Diego, Cal., the house having 
been formerly a picture theatre, 
known as the Broadway. It has « 
seating capacity of 800, all on ona 
floor. The opening p'ay Nov. 18 waa 
"The Champion." Kay Hammond la 
leading woman with Mr. Cross aa 
male lead. JImmIe Dillon, Ida 
Maye, Marie Vantassel, Agnes Akera, 
Rex Cherryman, Sydney Harris, 
Murray Bernard, J. S. Angelic 
Richard Harding, Frank Graham. 
Hugh Morgan, William Russell and 
Fred Short arie the other members. 
The Broadway is under the man- 
agement of G. A. Bush of the BusU 
theatres of San Diego. Its scale la 
5S-99 nights, including war tax. 
Three matinees weekly. Cross and 
Dillon were members of the stock 
which played at the old Strand, San 
Diego, before its demolition early in 
the year. 

Georges Clemcnceau, the "Tiger" of France, who Is visiting America, 
has been a great deal interested In the stage and at one time tried his 
hand at playwrighting. That was the period during which he edited the 
"Figaro" in Paris. A number of his works were staged there, though with 
what success Is not known here. At least one Clemenceau play was done 
in English, presented at Crosby Hall. London, by Phillip Carr. The piece 
was called "The Veil of Happiness." It had a Chinese background and 
was a special production, given but one performance. The London per- 
formance of the Clemenceau play occurred about 12 years ago. That was 
verified by Clarence Derwent, an English player now appearing In "The 
Last Warning" at the Klaw, New York. Regarding the "Warning" play. 
It was reported that several players In the cast were financially inter- 
ested. Mr. Derwent, however, is the only one In the cast with that good 

"The Bootleggers," which had its premiere at the Montauk, Brooklyn, 
last week, and which opened at the 39th Street Monday (after a privata 
performance given the evening before), has one of the most interestlair 
histories of current plays. Madison Corey is presenting the piece, but tlM 
real producer Is Charles Capehart. of the well-known theatrical advv- 
tislng agency. Prior to prohibition Capehart was not known to favor the 
fluids that Volstead's law prohibits, but like many Americans his taste 
veered about when the Eighteenth Amendment was rung Into the Consti- 
tution. To Capehart was unfolded a story by a bootlegger. It was so 
unusual the advertising man saw dramatic possibilities and engaged 
Will Page to fashion the yarn into a play. During the wriUng Capehart 
became so enthusiastic he declared Page in for a piece of the show*. 

There are a number of amazing publicity angles which may soon center 
attention on "The Bootleggers." Corey's Interest has a war connection 
that may apply in that direction. There are 50 in the cast, and the oper- 
ating expense Is said to be greater than the possibilities for business at 
the limited capacity of the 39th Street, It la understood the show must 
gross $10,000 weekly to break even. 

"Emperor Jones," the O'Neill drama, with Charles Gilpin, the only] 
colored dramatic star, has been doing exceptional business In the Middle' 
W^est. The draw in one nightcrs which have failed to respond to a 
majority of attractions has been noted. At Topeka "Joned" got $1,138; 
at Wichita the evening's gross was $1,100, and in Lawrence, also a Kansas 
town, it played to $1,23S. The attraction had traveled back a bit from 
Denver, where It grossed $7,000 on the week. Sunday last "Jones" opened 
at St. Paul to $478 and jumped to $800 on the second night. Some shows 
have tried to dodge the stand entirely, the average first night there this 
■eason being between $200 and $300. 

"La Tendresse" got off to a favorable start on tour, opening at the 
Broad Street, Philadelphia, last week to $11,800. The attraction, like 
others, was favored by the crowds which piled into Philly for the Army 
and Navy game, and drew $4,500 Saturday. The business is said to be 
the best the house has had this season. The Henry Miller-Ruth Chatter- 
ton show is charging $2.50 top on the road aa against $3 on Broadway. 
Its run at the Empire here averaged $10,000 weekly. 

Corliss Giles, a native of Provi- 
dence, five years leading man with 
Bonstelle stock companies In Buf- 
falo and Detroit, has been engaged 
by Miss Bonstelle as leading man 
for her Providence company. Ha 
opened Monday night at the Opera 
House in "The Man Who Came 
Back." • .;-:.> 


The Hal Mordannt Players opened".^ 
this week at the Mozart. Jamea*'' 
town, N. Y., for a stock run, wltll 
"Three WlJ% Fools" current. Peter- 
son A Wood own the hoaea. which 
haa beaa plajrinff pop Taadevnia» 
Kalth'a vandairUIa at Shaa'e obliged 
tha ahaaga at the Mosart 

Tba Hannr leweCt repertory com« 
pany. vhloli haa been playing m 
Northampton, liaaa^ alnoa they oalt 
the Fine Arta theatre, Boston, a few 
weeks ago, are due to open at their. 
old house. The Copley, next week* 
The old house has been moved and 
enlarged and will now seat about 
1,000. The company made money at 
the house in other seasons and ex->j 
pects to repeat, having a monopoly, 
on the presentation of their partic- 
ular sort of shows (English playfl 
around here. 

"The Dover Road " was literally shoved into a date that furnished it the 
best week since it opened In this country. The engagement was in 
Toronto several weeks ago, when $13,000 was grossed on the week. 
Guthrie McCIintIc produced the comedy here, but no rights to Canada 
were mentioned in his contract with A. A. Milne, the author. It was 
necessary that $1,000 be paid in advance before any Canadian time be 
played. The sum was to count as advance royalties, and also carried 
with It all Canadian rights to the play. The royalties earned for the 
Toronto week actually amounted to $1,036. At the manager did not 
care to play the Dominion. Further time is to be laid out for the show 

John Barrymore is said to have taken exception to the critical comment 
on "Hamlet" in one of the New York afternoon dailies to the effect that 
"Other players in the cast will agree their performance cannot be men- 
tioned In the same breath with Mr, Barrymore's." The star is reported 
having posted a notice at the Sam H. Harris stating the opinion was 
preposterous. Also he took occasion to thank the players for their fine 
support. For some reason the Barrymore note was removed shortly after 
being posted. 

Fortune Gallo's San Carlo Grand Opera Company Is piling up a business 
record for its class of attraction. The season was started at the Century, 
New York, where In four weeks it Is claimed the Gallo operatic venture 
played to a total gross of nearly $140,000, beating the previous season at 
the Manhattan by a con.^idcrable margin. The success of the attraction 
may lead to Gallo booking a spring season in New York. Gallo's com- 
pany, for the week played at Eastmann. Rochester, is quoted as drawing 
a $54,000 gate. The organization is due into the Metropolitan. Philadel- 
phia, next week. The advance sale there is said to be 25 p»r cent, over 
luMt year. Ila two weeks at the Boston upc-ru house gruaatd $74,000. 

A leading mnn In a Broadway play Is burdened with fal.-^e teeth. At 
the climax of the performance he has an Impassioned speech to do, with 
gesture.". At a recent matinee, while in the midst of his speech, the plate 
flew out of his mouth, but as he was gesturing at the Instant, he grabbed 
the plate on the fly with his right hand, continuing to gesticulate with 
his left, although for the remainder of the arraignment he spoke with a 
lisp. The mishap was noticed by many xn the audience. 

Several Inpldors had a chance to buy In on "Tlaln," which hns become 
the racing dramatic hit of the day In New York, with sents snhl sol id 
two montlis In advanre. The production l.s not a heavy one, and the in- 
vestments passed up were comparatively small. It Is even said that the 
members of a firm which has been itlentiLod in participation with Harris 
In several lf;:itlniate eucce.'^sen were ready to pull otit after tin* l';r,i:>- 
delphla opening. The piece did not create a furote in Philadoliliia. 1; 
Is probable that a ten per cent slice c 
hour before the curtain Went up at th 

In the Equity Deputy report (bulletin), posted last week, the following 

"It cannot be too strongly emphasized that Equity Players and the 
Actors' Equity are distinct, both legally and financially; and even if 
Equity Players were ^p lose money in its venture, the treasury of the 
A. E. A. would not be affected even to the extent of one penny." 

The next Friars dinner may be given to another triumvirate of notables, 
this time to the baseball world and confined to the prominent members 
of the executive staffs of the Yankees and Giants, who are also Friars: 
Hueston, Ruppert and Stoneham. The dinner is set to be held Dec. 10 at 
the Hotel Commodore, New York. The Hays-Landis-Thomas dinner at 
the Hotel Astor a couple of weeks ago was the most successful, financially 
and for publicity, the Friars ever held. The radio broadcasts the speeches 
to at least 1,000,000 people. During the while the speeches were being 
made, wires were received at the Astor from people as far away as St. 
Louis, stating they were listening to them. 

;ou'd have been cut off for $1,500 an 
e Maxine Elliott. That much would* I 

The 11 weeks' run of "Getting Gerties Garter" ia stock at the Lyceum 
(formerly Albaugh'). Baltimore, has started talk in New York A H 
Woods /eceives 10 per cent of the gross weekly In a guarantee of'notless 
than $500 on the week. Those terms were made with the prospect of 
"Gertie" remaining one week in the Baltimore stock. Since then It has 
averaged about $7,300 weekly, and Woods has received as his share over 
$8,000. He would have sold the southern stock rllfhts to the play for less 
than one-quarter of that amount. The Lyceum (Marshall) stock will 
probably make this the final week for "Gertie" and follow It with an- 
other Woods show, "The Demi-Virgin." It Is said the "Gertie" engage- 
ment has netted the company $2,000 weekly and the theatre, $2,500. 

The role with a German tinge Augustln Duncan haa assumed In "Give 
and Take" is the first of its character Mr. Duncan is said to have tried 
The German accent portion Is but slight, according to report The show 
was to have opened yesterday (Thank.sgiving) at Scranton. with Sam 
Mann playing opposite the Duncan role. Max Marcin produced the show 
written by Aaron Hoffman. Duncan has been looked unon as a leirlt 
stage director. He directed both of the Equity Players' pieces at the 
48th Street, the last being "Hospitality," now current there. 

While "Captain Applejack" was at the Cort. New York, the house with 
the consent of the show's manager, Sam H. Harris, sold out the theatre 
for one nipht last week. Before the night came aroun<^ "ApphJack'^ 
moved out and "Merton of the Movies" (Geo. Tyler) moved into the Cort. 
The .«;oi;-uut was respected, of course, and that evening "Morton ",.iovI 
to $900 less than it would have done without the buy? . ^'''^"^'^ 

'■ ■■■' — — ^— -_ 

"Liza." the colored mu.«.lcal which opened Monday at Daly's 63d 
Street theatre, has one of the Perrys, the Coney Island m^t. nV.r,J 1 , 
financially Interested. "Liza" showed at thr^fa^- ' a c olo J^i' tCure 
4fKHarl*^m's black belt, under the title of "Bon. B..n I>.".ddy jr^^ x?tZ 
dc^me<i possible by John Cort as a "Hhuffle Alon«" succei'sor jf amrro 
, 1 ately produced.- He Interested one of the younger Perrys. 

W:rx- b. 'ng In for a ?cnsnn*« stay at tho Elliott, the dre^slnt- rn,.r>, 
-^te of two room., and bath which were orlKinally In'tallorfor m'x 3 arc being redecorated for Jean K;.;:]c.s. at a cost of sovcr ,i ih 
.^a..d dollars. Af^cr Mi.s Elliott retired from tho ctagc. oife of Vuc ^. 

>i • " / » I.N fi.i^i - . (Contiau«U on page 15>^., ,, ^, .. 

Oliver Morosco has secured tha 
stock rights to "Blood and Sand** 
for his Morosco theatre, Los An« 
geles. The production will be put 
on here shortly. Harland Tucker 
will portray the role pspayed by 
Skinner in the "legit" and by Valen- 
tino in the "movies." Rosamonds 
Joyzelle, a long time with McGroar* 
ty's "Mission Play," also is cast for 
the production. 

Ada Meade, leading lady of tha 
Proctor Playefs, will leave the stoclc 
this week, Succeeded by Mary Ana 
Dentler, who will make her debut 
next week in "Which One Shall I 
Marry?" , 

Dorothy Shoemaker opened this 
week as the leading lady with tha 
Duquesne stock, Pitt.sburgh, In 
"Smllln' Through." Jack Norworth, 
leading man of the stock since the 
opening of the season, left the com- 
pany last week. 


Washington authorities have taken 
no action as yet as regards an order 
of deportation for Pat Somerset, tha 
English actor, now of the "Orange 
Blossoms" cast, whose dlfncultiee 
with immigration authorities on 
charges of "moral turpitude" have 
been widely publicized. The hear- 
ings at Ellis Island were closed last 
week and the evidence referred to 
the capitol officials. -^ 

Edith Day. star of "Orange Blos- 
soms" and wife of Carle Carlton, 
figures in the proceedings. Margaret 
Bannerman, Somerset's wife, was 
granted a divorce decree in England 
naming Miss Day. Somerset has a 
suit against his wife for divorce 
also pending. 

A decision from Washington Is 
due within the fortnight. 


Dayton Stoddard Is now press 
ai,'ent for W. A. Brady's "The World 
We Live In" at Jolson's 59th Street*. 
Tho "In.'^cct comedy" has picked up 
In pace, with big trade at week ends. 

Lou Weed, Gen. M-^n. for Gus Hill 

Lmi V.'tH'l. f ri'ic ly ." man 

f'lr K\\\. \\..\, \v.\A I. < 11 riiijiointed 

y iHial m Uiiiaer of the llill enter- 

i ^ritics., , 

''t ^ ■-_ . J '^''L* 

Friday, December 1, 1922 




At Least 75% 'of Present List Money Makers — Cur- 
rent Season Near Record — Theatres Playing 
Twice Daily Xmas to New Year's — New Year's 

' Eve Arrangement Puzzling Managers 

Fifty per cent, of the total offer- 
ings on Broadway are money draws. 
That means that 25 attractions 
earned exceptional profits through 
November, while about half of the 
remainder enjoyed business of 
lesser volume, but appreciably bet- 
ter than an even break. The survey 
for the month discloses that busi- 
ness last week was almost as good 
As for Thanksgiving week of ktst 
year, with indications the current 
week (Thanksgiving) will exceed 
, that of last season. 

Though the forecast is for a dc- 
Acline dating from next Monday on. 
natural for the pre-Christmas 
weeks, and although there is no ex- 
pectation for January business to 
equal November's. the current 

* grosses arc in excess of last year at 
this time. They are claimed to be 
n^xt to the flood tid6 of business 
of the peak season. 1920-1921. It Is 
likely a better tone will bey noted 

, out of town, for* the road has not 
"y^t followed Broadway's better 
business lead as yet. 

* * 

Cool weather, which entered for 

'; the first time last week, is credited 

with helping Broadway's trade. The 

' low temperatures quickly made up 

for the slack after e'ection. The 

entrance of new succossea several 

weeks ago started the box ofTlce 

' tide with the weather counting as 

a strong aid. L^st week found four 

big nights with the passing to and 

fro of football enthusiasts supplying 

a theatre element. Saturday night 

was no( up to form, the football 

• audiences not reaching town in 

*»■; ^Hamlet," with John Barrymore, 
went ijito the non-musical leadMast 
week at the Sam H. Harris, the 

\ ■ • . V. ■ 

Shakespearean attracting over $19.- 
300 at $3 top. "So This Is London" 
more than held its pace at the Hud- 
son,' where it grossed over 117.000 
(top is 12.50). "Rain." the biggest 
of the dramatic calls, continued its 
over-capacity trade and beat $14,800 
at the Elliott. "Mcrton of the 
Movies." also a new non -musical 
success, bettered $14,000 at the Cort 
without selling out upstairs. "Loyal- 
tie?." an imported smash, charges 
$2.50 matinee performances now at 
the Cfaiety. and goes clean at" $1,777 
each show, with $14,000 and more 
totaled on the week. / 

"Merton" is the first attraction 
to decide on playing a daily matinee 
from Christmas to New Year's, but 
it is likely a dozen leaders will fol- 
low suit, with "So This Is London" 
certain of doing two a day then. 

The matter of holiday prices, par- 
ticularly New Tear's Eve. appears 
to have put the houses in a quan- 
dary. It is expected that several of 
the musicals will attempt a $10 top, 
but that would apply for the Satur- 
day before New Year's Day, which 
falls on Monday. -The holiday 
break Is against the theatres be- 
cuase of that, whereas in other sea- 
sons when New Year's Day fell later 
in the week the extra holiday scale 
applied then, with Saturday taking 
care of itself. 

Two new dramatic hits are now 
recognized as members of the elite 
leaders. They are "The Fool," at 
the Times Square, anrl "Seventh 
Heaven." at the Booth. "'The Fool' 
was regarded as "Impossible" by 
several managers. Its growth has 
been steady, and last week the gross 
went to $15,200, or virtual capacity. 

(Continued on page 17) 




Given Verdict 
Yanks' Club 




Civic Propelled Kansas City Theatre Shows Much 
r Strength at Opening — ^2,000 Subscriptions at $5 
Each — Try-out for Talent 

Kansas City, Nov. 2f. 
"To Buck Theatre Trust," "Kan- 
sas City Is Bigger ThiUiAny Tlie- 

. atre Trust," "The People^Vant the 
Best," "They Will Produce It Them- 
selves,'* "Theatre Giuld Answers 
*Take What Wo Give You or Noth- 
ing,' " is the way the Kansas City 
"Star" starts one of its articles re- 
garding the organization of the 
Kansas City theatre, a civic theatre 

r movement which is showing 
strength in numbers. The move- 
ment has the backing of the leading 
clubs, institutions 'and organiza- 
tions and the undivided local press, 
which has devoted columns of un- 
purchasable space to the ent^prlse. 
It was the Intention of the pro- 
moters to call it the Kansas City 
Theatre Guild, but the later name 
has been dropped, it being claimed 

"•the Theatre Guild of New York ob- 

. jected to the use of the name in 
any other city. 

A mail and telephone campaign 
has been conducted for subscribers. 
at $5 each, with 2,000 members as 
the first objective. The inducements 
offered are the privilege of obtain- 
ing peats for productions two days 

. In advance of the regular sale and 
nt a GO-cent redtictioii from the res:- 
ular $2 scale. Marcus Ford, several, 
years ago was director of the Com- 

_J»dy (^lub cC Kansas V.Xy. will bo 
produ'Miit^ flii'Oftor . ' s'lf I'iiiir.<^ 
'The Tftilh" clioscn as thf lirst play 
to bo Ri\en Nov. 1.7. 'J lie Ivanlioo. 
in a M inonic tomp'e, in tlie resi- 
dence di;tiiot. fcatinfT l.SOO. i.; iif=fd. 
Th-^ velvet ion of ."Tlie Truth" for 
the iniliil offirin^ was 
of a .'airprise as the paper.s heralded 
tlie j^.ou nioveni'.-nt a?« oae wliicW 
gives the amusemenis lovers a 

chance to see "some of the latest 

"E. B. G." dramatic critic for the 
"Star," in his own column said: 
"But the most assuring thing about 
the repertory-theatre guild-com- 
munity playhouse-independent the- 
atre idea is that the larger number 
of those wlio patronize the commer- 
cial theatres are dissatisfied with 
them. The people pay too much for 
what they get. They have no con- 
trol over bookings. They see plays 
In Kansas City after all the rest of 
the world has tired of them. There- 
fore, It Is only human nature to call 
for something different." /' ; v 

A special "try-ouf for talent was 
announce* and professionals and 
amateurs invited. Thirty aspirants 
were on hand. Among the 30 were 
only three men and a boy. Several 
professionals responded to the in- 
vitation but declined to consider the 
matter when Informed there would 
be no remuneration. 

Mr. Ford stated the policy of the 
Kansas City Theatre would not be 
that of an amateur show or a semi- 
professional stock, but a "decom- 
mcrcialized dramatic Instrument 
consisting of carefully trained home 
talent serving without poy." 

This is in direct contrast to the 
plan nearly put over last year under 
th e name of the Kepertory Theatre, 
which proposed to pro«ent new 
pia.\K with l>i^? 'n.'imos" at the head 
of the (a.^'t. Some 1.300 subscribers 
were secured for the enterprise, but 
it nns «lro;»p(.i during; the summer. 
l"i". iile Aidonon. an actor now di- 
recting a stock company in St. 
T..ouis, ^^a.'•• the originator of the idea 
and v.-n.'-. ar^sistcd by Donald M. Cal!. 
^Continue don page 17) 

A Jury before Justice Wasservogel 
in the New York Supreme Court 
Friday awarded Louis A. Hlrsch. the 
composer, Judjttnent for $750 against 
the American League Baseball Club. 
Hirsch sued for $100,000 damages 
bet^ause of his forced ejection from 
the Polo Grounds. May 20. 1920. 
when he changed his seat several 
times. The plaintiff set forth that 
because of this Jolt to his pride his 

nervous system suffered consider- 
able shock, which $100,000 alone 

Victor Herbert was HIrsch's char- 
acter witness at t^lal. The plaintiff 
testified ))e changed his seat once 
because of the pungent aroma of a 
questionable stogie which a nearby 
fan was fumigating. The second 
time he changed his point of vant- 
age. Just as Babe Ruth was clouting 
one out, was caused by the burly 
special policeman's spacious back 
expanse which obstructed his view 
completely. ^ 

The Yank owners* defense was 
that two special ofUcers who per- 
formed Jthe uncermonlous exit march 
with the composer between them 
did CO under general orders to curb 
grandstand gambling. All moving 
from ceat to seat Is frowned upon 
and deemed suspicious. 

Ttw? composer stated he will give 
the money to charity, to be distrib- 
uted among the Jewish Relief Fund. 
Actors' Fund, etc. Hirsch says he 
would have been satisfied with a 
six cents verdict onl^ to prove his 
point — and that of other fans, inci- 
dentally — that the special offlcers' 
tactics were a bit too high-handed 
at timei. 




Week for 

William Harris' new production, 
"The Painted Lady," starring Fay 
Balnter, will be withdrawn from 
the road (Washington) at the end of 
the week for repairs. The piece has 
been out three weeks, and is cur- 
rent at the Garrick, Washington. 

Under the title of "The Lady Cris- 
tilinda" it was marked to come into 
the Ritz, New York, next Monday. 
When the manager decided on 
changes before a Broadway show- 
ing for the Balnter show. Sam Wal- 
lack's "It Is the Law," which created 
a favorable impression In Buffalo, 
was suddenly switched In aiuLN^e- 
lighted the RItz Wednesday. 


Ralph W. Long is seriously ill at 
his home in New York City with 
pneumonia. It is ths second attack 
the general manager of the Shu- 
berts has had of the same malady 
within a Tear. 

John Osborne Is now acting gen- 
eral manager for the Shuberts. 

The crisis in Mr. Long's illness 
will not be reached until early next 


Beverly Sltgreaves is back in New 
York after four years of foreign ap- 
pearances. She Is shortly to head 
the cast of a new play designed for 

Miss Sltgreaves went to Paris to 
Join SaVah Bemhardt's company. 
She subsequently played in the Lon- 
don ' presentation of "The Great 
Lover" and In the same piece in 


Lasted Ten Dsys on Bayes' 

••Virtue?" a play written by Wil- 
liam Everett Moses, a southern law- 
yer, closed on schedule at the Bayes 
Saturday, sticking a week and three 
days. Continuance last week was 
accomplished only by a concession 
on the part of the Shuberts. who in 
c(5nsideration of the fact that rent 
had been paid agreed to allow the 
cast to share the total takings. An 
Equity representative was on hand 
in the company's Interests. The 
show is considered the worst flop of 
the season. .» 

The show grossed $1,606 on the 
week. Of that tickets to the extent 
of $1,300 were sold In cut rates and 
about $300 at the box office. The 
salary list called for about $2. GOO 
weekly. It is said that the $1,500 
which was supposed to have bevi 
posted with Equity was recalled by 
the consent of the players, Moses 
stating it was necessary fn order 
that the show open In New York. 

What the players received for the 
second week (three days at the 
Bayes) is not certain, though there 
was $1,000 in sight from the cut 
rates and $500 paid over to the play' 
ers by the Shuberts out of the ad- 
vance rent payment. It Is believed 
the players received less than one 
week's salary for the three weeks 
the shbw was in existence. 





Angelo" Not 


"Why Men Leave Home" is an- 
nounced by Wagenhals ic Kemper 
to continue at the Morosco, New 
York, for the balance of the season. 
"Mike Angelo," advertised last Sun- 
day to succeed the Avery Hopwood 
comedy next week, caused some 
surprise. The oddly titled "Why 
Men" took a substantial spurt last 
week and went to over $9,000 for the 
week. 'The attraction, though not 
among the big gross getters on 
Broadway, is considered a money- 

"Mike Angelo." with Leo Carrlllo, 
was to have been the first Oliver 
Morosco production on Broadway 
this season. It is understood the 
piece will be removed for fixing, fol- 
lowing trial performances out of 
town last week. 


The Julian Eliinge show, which 
was closed last week after touring 
for seven weeks, will again be put 
on. Several changes in the cast 
will be made and the show given 
a new title. That of "The Elusive 
Lady" appeared to give the wrong 
Impression of the type of attraction. 

Two weeks of one-nlghters Is 
blamed for losses that forced off 
the show. 

Ben Atwell and Bob Hall with 

American Agricultural Corp. 

Russell B. Smith, Too 

Broadway personages have turned 
to farming now and then as a sum- 
mer pastime, but that several should 
turn to the soil on a commercial 
basis Is a surprising announcement. 

What is known as the American 
Agricultural Corporation, which 
aims to place Into operation the 
largest farming enterprise yet un- 
dertaken, win direct the tilling of 
850,000 acres in Louisiana. There 
never was such a farm in all the 
world, according to Ben Atwell, who 
has accepted the post of advertising 
manager for the corporation, which 
will have headquarters in New 
York. V 

Atwell states that he has walked 
out on theatricals for good, but has 
taken good care to continue his of- 
fice right on Broadway. Russell B. 
Smith, a civil engineer, who has 
been concerned with the building of 
many theatres in various cities and 
who built several of Broadway's 
picture palaces (notably the Rialto 
and Rivoii). has entered Into the 
project with the American Agricul- 
tural Corporation. Smith recentlr 
completed the flve-mlllioh-doUar 
Eastifian theatre at Rochester, 
which house was under Atwelfs 
publicity direction until recently. 
Atwell latterly has been with Sanger 
& Jordan, but has resigned to as* 
sume his duties at an advertising 
farmer. Beji has handled press 
work of many big amusement enter- 
prlsei^, his i^ctlvltles ranging the en- 
tire field. But he is now convinced 
that there Is an artistic angle to . 
farming in Louisiana, 

Bob Hall, of the Smith forces, 
win be in active charge of shaping 
the gigantic farm. As Atwell ex- 
plains it. the idea Is to "bring the 
producing farm and the consming 
table Into a more direct relatTon." 
The company expects to market its 
products along the lines of the 
United Fruit Co., employing' its own 
marketing forces and transporta- 
tion sy»tem. It is also to compete 
with tile California producers, hav- 
ing the advantage ol being closer to 
the eastern markets and having 
seaport facilities at Morgan City, 
La., and New Orleans. 



William Raymond Sill Is very 111 
at his home. Sill's Hotel, Broadway. 
In 1. The veteran press agent has 
trained nurses in constant attend- 
ance day and night. 

His daughter. Rosemary 8111, 
opened In the Oliver Morosco pro- 
duction. "The Little Kangaroo," in 
Stai^nford, Conn., Monday night. 




Managers Look Upon Move as Organization's Recog- 
nition of Conditions — Increased Business $2|000 
Last Week at 48th Street— Did $6,500 


MART'S NEGRO GRAVEYARD | The placing of tickets for "Hospl- 
Chlcago. Nov. ?9. i tallty," the Equity Players' produc- 
Mary Beth Wilford, of the dancing 


Chicago, Nov. 29. 

Hallie Dlean, of "Up in the Air," 
was granted a divorce from John 
U. Fay, Philadelphia actor, whom 
she married June 26, 1917. 

Mrs. Fay told the Judge that she 
supported her husband and herself 
until he deserted her In May, 1919. 

Zicgfetd-Paintsr Negotiations 

Negotiations, which may have 
bceu closed during the week, have 
l>een on the tapis between Flo Zleg- 
feld. Jr.. and Eleanor Painter. 

Mr. Ziegfeld has a new play he 
would like to s r Miss Painter In. 

forces in the "Music liox i;f'vii(, 
has been advised by her attorney 
in Media, Tex., that her title to a 
Negro graveyard, inherited from 
her maternal grandmother, has been 
confirmed by the court, which may 
make her a rich woman, as the 
graveyard shows every Indication of 

OIL „''■■•■■■■ ■■': :•;.■:: ■[-■'■■■■'■■ 


The cast for "Genevieve," the 
Jack Lait new musical comedy, 
started rehearsal Wednesday. The 
title may he changed before pub- 
licly produced around Xmas. 

In the company are Sadie Burt, 
William Ilalllgan, Vinton Freedley, 
Esther Howard. John R. Conroy. 
Lillian Conroy, Irving Edwards and 
a small chorus. 

"Crimson Glow" for One-Nightsrs 

Arthur Au.'jtin Is producing "The 
Crimson (;iow" for the one-nlght- 
ers. Austin wrote the play. Helen 
Hall and Harold Thtjmpson are to 
t>« fsatured in the cast. 
■■•. ■■.:■ k. '..-■■■ ■ 

tlon at' the 48th Street, In cut rata 
is Interpreted by some showmen to 
indicate that Equity recognftes the 
necessity of cutting down In pro- 
duction operating costs. That the 
move places Equity in the position 
of recognizing the probable neces- 
sity of cutting actors' salaries is 
now and then the logical conclusion 
of Broadway producers. 

"Hospitality" was able to better 
its business for the second (last) 
week $2,000 over the Initial week's 
gross, the addition coming entirely 
from the cut rates. Business re- 
mained the same, approximately 
12,000 In subsrription tickets and 
about $2,500 at the box office, giving 
the total for last week about $6,500. 
What the portion of the actual gross 
w«! /r<'»t'»n Jn acttial cash Is not 
certain. It being assumed that tha 
subscription money waj expended in 
the new production along with ad- 
vances from the guarantors. 

The second Equity production at- 
tempt is slated for one more week, 
giving it four weeks In all. Tha 
third try by the Equity IMayers la 
1 dated for I>ec. IL 





:>t' "::r. 

Friday, December 1, 1988 

Figur«s ••timat«d and comment point to som« attractions baing 
auccaaaful, whila tha sama gross accredited to othsrs might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance ia explained in tha difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the size of caat, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross for profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 

Town Is All Set for Hearty 

Theatrical Support Until 


^Abie's Irish Rose," Republic (28th 
week). This summer hoHover will 
run through season la expected. 
Cool weather probabl'y aided In 
pood trade here last week, as with 
xno8t of list. Gross was 110.500 
or a little over. Some cut -rating 
for this attraction. 

"Better Times," Hippodrome (13th 
week). Big house ought to beat 
$60,000 this week easily. Thanks- 
giving always being good for boost 
in attendance and helping gener- 
ally from Wednesday on. 

"Blossom Time," Century (57th 
week). Got as high as $2,800 
nightly and is likely operetta will 
continue until first of year and 
may run through winter. Around 
$17,000 last week, with excellent 
profit, as company is not costly to 

•Bunch and Judy," Globe (Ist week). 
Dillingham's musical comedy, 
Which opened In Philadelphia three 
weeks ago. Joseph (Hawthorne 
was injured and out of show after 
premiere here Wednesday of last 
week. Johnny Dooley replaced 
him and Ih in cast. 

•Cat and Canary," National (43d 
week). Pinal week for mystery 
play, which was one of last sea- 
son's hits. Made money this fall, 
but recently around $7,500 weekly. 
"Fnshlons for Men" succeeds next 

•Chauve-Souria," Century Roof (44th 
week). Morris Gest's imported 
novelty now in 11th month and 
riding strongly to astonishing 
draw. Will run through winter 
and may still be in going at Easter 

•East of Suez," Eltinge (11th week). 
Woods' drama moved upward last 
week, and although Eltinge Is due 
for new attraction about first of 
year "Suex" may remain In New 
York, with another house secured 
for it. Business around $11,000. 

•Follies," New Amsterdam (2«th 
week). For first time Zlegfeld re- 
vue will be on Christmas holiday 
card on Broadway; In other sea- 
sons it was due in Chicago. Still 
heads Broadway's money-getters. 
I^ast week over $35,000. 

•Greenwich Village Follies," Shu- 
bert (12th week). Virtually sure 
of running Into February and per- 
haps March, which management 
predict* Business best of series, 
that partly due to scale of $4 top. 
Takings last week. $23,000. 

"Hamlet," Sam Harris (3d week). 

« With John Barrymore magnet and 
at $3 top ($3.50 Saturday nl»ht) 
this attraction went into lead of 
non-musicals for first full week. 
Takings over $19,S00. Reported 
having advance sale of $18,000. 
Rig box-office trade. 

•Kiki," Belasco (53d week). Dra- 
matic smash of last season Is now 
on way to double season engage- 
ment. Remains with best money 
draws on Broadway and takings 
not far from $15,000. Selling 
mostly at box office. 

'Lady in Ermine," Ambassador (9th 
week). One of town's smart draws, 
and while balcony trade not ex- 
ceptional, business la satisfactory 
for operetta. Better last week, 
with gross between $16,500 and 
$16,000. Ought to stay until Feb- 

•Last Warning," Klaw (8th week). 
One of new winners and season's 
run In sight. I.ASt week pace 
picked up smartly, gross going to 
$13000, big money in this house. 

•Little Nellie Kelly," Liberty (3d 
week). Cohan's musical smash, 
which has strong call In agencies 
and also big box-offlro business. 
Went Into stride from premiere 
here. Last week $22,000 and a 
parallel with turnaway Boston 
•Llia," Daly's 63d St. (1st week). 
New colored show and flr^t of kln'1 
this season. Around for several 
months, opening uptown originally 

the holidays. English show flrat 
reported booked for Selwyn. 

"Partnera Again," Selwyn ($Oth 
week). Final week for P. Jk P. 
laugh show. Has made money 
right along and accomplished 
good run. Ought to stay six 
months In Chicago. Clo.<;lng pace 
$10,000 weekly. House gets "Birth 
of a Nation" (picture) next week. 

"Passing Show of 1922," Winter 
Garden (lllh week). Final week 
for revue, which has had dis- 
appointing run. Goes to road di- 
rectly, but house goes dark for 
remodeling. Garden due to open 
first of year with new musical at- 
traction being readied by Shuberts. 

"Rain," Maxine Elliott (4th week). 
Broadway's dramatic demand 
leader; selling to standing room 
nightly, with gross in e.xcess of 
capacity. Looks cinch for balance 
of season at big money. Last 
week over $14,800. 

"Romantic Age," Comedy (3d week). 
Pleasing little comedy of English 
writing, attracting some attention 
but only fair business. Last week, 

"Rose Bernd," longaere (10th 
week). Got about $7,000 last 
week. Business has been diving 
straight down for last three weeks 
and show may just last until 
Ethel Barrymore Is readied for 
"Romeo and Juliet." which Is to 
be Arthur Hopkins' next offering 
here with her. First planned to 
have her In "As You Like It." 

"R. U. R.." Frazee (8th week). The- 
atre Guild's novelty of foreign 
origin. Moved up here last week 
from Garrick, which has new 
show. Business stood up, takings 
claimed around $11,000, which Is 
near capacity in this house. 

"Sally, Irene and Mary," Casino 
(13th week). West upward last 
week, better weather and several 
parties counting. Current ;ireek 
sure of another jump with holiday 
visitors here. Gross last week, 

"Seventh Heaven," Booth (6ih 
week). Took position with now 
dramatic success last week, xvhen 
business went to $12,200. Some 
doubt at first, but strength of t>ox- 
office trade makes show look 

"Shore Leave," Lyceum (17th week). 
Two weeks more for the Frances 
Starr show, one of the earliest 
arrivals this season. David War- 
field in "The Merchant of Venice" 
to succeed. 

"Six Characters in Search of an 
Author," Princess (5th week). 
Something of dramatic novelty. 
Berthed in 289-seater, only small 
grosses can attain. Between $4,000 
and $4,500 weekly to date. Per- 
haps is breaking even. 

"So This Is London," Hudson (14th 
week). Jumped last week to over 
$17,000 and leads non-dramatic 
list, with exception of John Barry- 
more's "Hamlet." "London," with 
four matinees this week, will 
probably beat $20,000. 

"Spite Corner," Little (10th week). 
Making little money but never did 
build to proportions premiere 
promised. Takings around $7,000 
weekly, good enough for small 
theatre. Should stay until first of 
year and may hold out longer. 

"Springtime of Youth," Broadhurst 
(6th week). Thus far unable to 
attract strong business. Around 
$10,000 last week, under expecta- 
tions for new operetta, but re- 
ported building up. 

**The Awful Truth," Henry Miller 
(11th week). Holds steady to fine 
trade; takings last week a bit 
under $12,000. Balcony scale 
somewhat revised to attract busl- 
npss upstairs. Lowef floor virtual 
srll-out nii»htly. 
"The Bootlrngers," S9th Street (1st 
week). r^ama foundod on the 
expose of supposed bootlegging 

Boston, Nov. 29. 

Business at the legit theatres last 
week was just about normal. With 
the exception of "It's a Boy," which 
wound up at tne Selwyn, there 
wasn't a flop noted. On the other 
hand, none of the ahows In town 
did any startling business. 

They ran along at a pace only to 
be expected under the conditions. 
For the most part the returns 
showed losses over those of the 
previous week, net a strange condi- 
tion when it Is figured that, with 
the exception of "The Bat," there 
is no show in town that has a rep 
which would tend towards business 
building from week to week. The 
losses were not large. White's 
"Scandals" with a drop of a bit over 
$2,000 was the largest recorded. 
'This is enough to prophesy that the 
switch of attractions, due in the 
next couple of weeks, will not result 
in any of the shows going out doing 
a turnaway business. 

Judging from past performances 
and according to the calendar, Bos- 
ton should be now entering upon the 
period of the theatrical season when 
the cream of the theatrical busi- 
ness is noted. From no\<; until the 
first of March, with the exception 
of Christmas week, the town is set 
for theatricals. But with the rest 
of the country this city is Showing 
a disposition to give hearty support 
to the hits, or those the local patrons 
have taken unto themselves as hits, 
and let the others pull along as best 
they can. 

A musical attraction in town that 
can gross above $20,000 for the week 
is doing excellent business, and a 
dramatic offering that does close to 
$15,000 is fine. The balance of the 
shows are liable to pull along with 
receipts for the week between $12,- 
000 and $15,000 for the musical of- 
ferings and $7,000 to $9,000 for dra- 
matic shows. It is believed by those 
well acquainted locally that few, if 
any, shows in town this season will 
come out much better than the 
"Kelly" and 'TShuffle Along" shows 
or "The Bat" for the dramatic of- 
ferings. All of these shows came in 
early. "The Bat" is still doing good 
business. '^ 

There was but one change In the 
legitimate attractions. That was at 
the Boston opera house, dark for a 
(Continued on page 16) 

under title of "Bon Bon Buddy, I "lethods. Opened Monday after 
r«'. rk««^«^ TiyT^«^„„ prcmirrc In Brooklyn. 

.fr ". Opened Monday. 

•Loyalties." Gaiety (10th week). 
One of foreign hits. English play 
rop.irdrd as one of finest In sea- 
sons and dolnpr all house will hold. 
Around $14,000 for elsrht perform- 
ance weeks. Matinee scale now 
$2.50 and all performances. $1,777 — 
complete ca?>ncitv. 

•Merton of the Movies," Cort (3d 
week). Another of new plavs 
which has clicked, and should ridf> 
season out. Not capacity upstairs, 
but snhstnntlal success Indicated. 
*14 00ft last week. 

•Music Box Revue," Music Box (6th 
week). Anroncy bn^'noss not as 
lanre as last season, but box-ofllr-o 
trade mu^'h sfronrrer and over ca- 

"The Fool" Times Souare (6th 
week). Moved upward into dra- 
matic elite and counts as one of 
real hits. Last week gross was 
$15 200. which means virtual ca- 
paoitv all porform.'tnTs. 

"The Gingham Girl," Earl Carroll 
(14th week). Now leader of $2.50 
ton mus'onls, with pace steady at 
around $1^,000 weekly, Oncht to 
rim .t-oriFTon out here. Ts first try 
of now productntr mnnfi^ers. 

"The Love C'i'd." Cohnn (31 week). 
.Srr-ond week of Woods y>roduction 
prave fnrthrr promise of landlnp. 
In'^rease in business for French 
;id.'« ion pla»"ed gross around 

ty rule, with nc:urcs ahead of "Th* Lurhy On'-." (^^rrick (Sd 

last season because atfTartlon 
started at $4 top. $6 now. Last 
week $2f» 200. 
•Orange Blossoms," Fulton (11th 
week). Fair business. This at- 
traction attracted carrlacre trade, 
but was off In balcony from start. 
Around $12 000 last week at re- 
duced scale of $3 50 top. "Recreta" 
reported listed to succeed around 

wcok). Tbon'r- r;it"ii'q --or >nd try 
not sn-^'TS'^fnI. thoiirrh It won 
rr^tbor ^ivonb'o no*lTs. Will be 
tn'^^n off nffor another two weeks 
and tbird production of season 
here mit on. 

"Th*? Old r^^i. 

PlymoMth (IKth 

weeV>. Th's substantial comedv 
rponevmtVoi. moved nnwr»rd atraln 
with the favored attractions last 

week and the takings were better 
than $13,000. In for the season, 
on present form. 

"Tha Texas Nightingale," Empire 
(2d week). Broadway reversed 
Chicago's opinion of Zoe Akins' 
comedy. May not be heavyweight 
but unusual play, and ought to be 
good for several months. Night- 
ly business during first week saw 
Increasing gross with nearly $9,- 
000 in. 

"The Torch Bearara," Vanderbilt 
(14th week). Somewhat better 
last week, with totals about $7,- 
600. Will remain another two 
weeks, laying off week before 
Christmas, then opening on road. 
•!Glory," James Montgomery's new 
musical slTow, opens in Brooklyn 
Dec. 18 and succeeds here Christ- 
mas Monday. 

"The World We Live In," Jolson's 
69th St. (5th week). Management 
has faith in this foreign work. 
Business last week reported about 
$12,000, which is about even break. 
Strong week-end trade. 

•Thin Ice," Belmont (9th week). 
Takings again better than when 
attraction was at Comedy. Last 
week business was approximately 
$6,000, which makes a little money 
for house and attraction. 

"To Love," Bijou (7th week). Final 
week. Three people play going on 
tour, with Philadelphia first stand. 
Business was around $8,000 for 
first month, and around $6,500 last 
week. "Listening In" succeeds 
next week, guaranteeing house. 

"Up She Goes," Playhouse (4th 
week). Musical comedy adapta- 
tion of "Too Many Cooks" and, 
like many other story adaptations, 
bu.sinesa not strong. Around $9,- 
000 last week, which hardly af- 
fords even break. 

"Whispering Wires," 49th St. (17th 
week). Remains consistent at 
pace that is profitable. Last week 
takings were $8,000. Business has 
fiucluated between that figure and 
better than $9,000 since opening. 

"Why Men Leave Home," Morosco 
(12th week). Mado spurt last 
week and Wagenhals & Kemper 
announce It will be continued 
thr( ugh season. "Mike Angelo" 
was announced to succeed but will 
later find another house. Com- 
edy beat $9,000 last week. 

"Yankee Princess," Knickerbocker 
(9th week). Pulling fairly good 
business but did not make good 
promise of brilliant opening. Re- 
ported betwcLU $12,000 to $13,000 

"It Is the Law," Rltz (1st week). 
Latest mystery drama. Brought 
in by Sum Wallach Wednesday. 
House announced to get "The 
Lady Christlllnda," with Fay 
Balnter (also called "Painted 
Lady") which is due to lay off 
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Another Big Week Expected This Week, Also Duo 
to Football Crowds Thanksgiving Day — Threie 
Straight Dramas Due December 4 

Philadelphia. Nov. 29. 

Philadelphia hasn't had a week 
like last week, outside of holidays, 
for a number of years. The pres- 
ence of the Army and Navy game, 
brought back to Franklin Field. 
Jammed the houses on Friday and 
Saturday, and had its effect on the 
mid-week grosses. 

Coupled with the opening of some 
big musical shows it shot theatrical 
business to the high mark of the 
season. A syndicate -from Wat^hing- 
ton came on ahead and bought up 
large percentages of the downstairs 
seats in all the legit houses. In one 
case they were hard hit and tried 
to dump the seats back on the the- 
atre, which refused. The standard 
price asked (and generally secured) 
by this syndicate was $7.50 a seat. 

The fact that the town was filled 
with light shows, mostly musical, 
made it just right for the football 
crowds. Also, in the case of the 
single drama, "La Tendresse," it 
was fortunate since there proved to 
be a certain percentage in favor of 
something heavy, and they had no 

The biggest demand for Friday 
and Saturday was divided between 
"The Bunch and Judy," the new 
Dillingham musical comedy at the 
Garrick; "Go.d Morning Dearie," 
opening at the Forrest, and "Tanger- 
ine," starting at the Shubert. 
"Blossom Time," which has been the 
surprise money maker of the sea- 
son here, was also well liked, and 
had the Jump on some of the others 
by virtue of virtual capacity Mon- 
day night, and big houses through- 
out the middle of the week. 

"The Bunch and Judy," which was 
hit a frightful wallop by the injury 
to Joe Cawthorn, necessitating the 
closing of the show Wednesday 
night and Thur.'^day matinee and 
night, because of no available un- 
derstudy, came back heavily Friday 
and Saturday, for the reason many 
of the New York crowd chose this 
show, having already seen "Dearie" 
and "Tangerine" during their long 
New York runs. Johnny Dooley 
was substituted for Cawthorn, and 
the Six Brown Brothers were added. 

It is rather hard at this time to 
get a real line on the respective 
possibilities of "Tangerine" and 
"Dearie" here. Th^re is a very spir- 
ited rivalry between the two com- 
panies, this being the first time this 
year that the Shubert has had a 
show which could compete in busi- 
ness with the Forrest. On the Mon- 
day opening, "Dearie" led "Tanger- 
ine"' by less than $300, the Dilling- 
ham show missing $2,000 by only a 
few dollars, while ''Tangerine" did 
about $1,760. On Tuesday, however, 
the Carlton muslcay comedy hit was 
a sell-out downstairs at the Shu- 
bert, and this situation continued 
all week, with every nook and 
cranny filled on Friday and Satur- 
day. "Dearie," on the other hand, 
did not reach capacity until the foot- 
ball crowds hit town. Especially 
was the balcony business off on 
Monday, Tuesday and WedneJ^day. 
In fact, this balcony business is 
worrying the Dillingham ofllces. 
Some vacant seats were expected, 
but on Tuesday entire sections to 
the side were gaping. 

The psychology in the case of this 
show was also very interesting. 
The Monday opener went with a 
bang, and the critics (second btring 
in all cases, as the dramatic editors 
all went to "La Tendresse") were 
glowing In their notices, some of 
i thrm claiming the show better than 

On Tuesday, however, the audi- 
ence was apathetic, ''sat on their 
hand.s," and the performance slowed 
up. This lack of enthusiasm con- 
tinued until Friday, many of the 
show's best lines and songs failing 
to get more than a ripple of ap- 
plause. On the other hand, "T.inger- 
Ine" seemed to go with a bang. 

The first half of the current week 
is expected to show the natural re- 
action, but with ThankfjRivIng 
(aided here by the big football 
game) and the holiday crowds there- 
after during the week^ more big 
grcsses are contldently expected. 

A general feeling of opllmlsm 
prevail.*? here for the first time in a 
number of months. In point of fact, 
each line-up has had only a single 
wallop during the present season 
("Sally" and "IJlossom Time") but 
several o£ the houses are beglnninR 
to recoup early season loa.scs, and 
nice gioH.-o.s arc likely to be piled 
up by some of the shows In town 

The only opening this week was 
"Molly Darling." which keeps the 
number of musical shows in town 
up to four. This is In at the Car- 
rick, and is being watched as a slow 
picker, but due for somethinfir good 

after a week or so of word -of -mouth 
advertising. It has the bouse for 
four weeks. 

"Molly Darling." as well* as the 
two other shows at syndicate 
houses, 'Xa Tendresse" and "Go4iQ 
Morning Dearie," will give extnt 
matinees Thursday, but the Shuw 
berts are only taking a chance on 
the extra afternoon show for "Bloi^ 
som Time." "Just Married," ^t tbe 
Adelphi, plays Its regular Thursday 
matinee, and "Tangerine" will 
switch its usual Wednesday matinee 
to Thanksgiving, as will "The Gold- 
fish" at the Walnut. Surprise is es^- 
pressed at the failure of "Tanger- 
ine" to attempt the extra perform- 
ance, which, however, has beconr^e ^ 
comparative rarity here; 

After the deluge of musical and 
otherwise light shows, the week 
of December 4 will see three 
stra!«*ht dramas open In opposition. 
"Anna Christie" will begin a four 
weeks' engagement at the Walnqt, 
"To Love" starts a short stay at 
the Adelphi and "Abraham Lincoln" 
returns to the Broad for two weeks. 

"Just Married," which goes out 
of the Adelphi Saturday to make 
room for "To Love," has been a 
very iteal disappointment. It com* 
pleted four weeks, but at least two 
of them have been losses, and even 
the Friday and Saturday influx 
last week didn't prevent the lowv 
water mark of the engagement. 

"La Tendresse" was greeted with 
mixed criticism, and Its first few 
nights at the Broad were dismal, 
half houses downstairs being com- 
mon. Generally Henry Miller and 
Ruth Chatterton are big drawlni: 
cards locally, but it is evident that 
their present vehicle isn't popular. 
It is considered lucky the engage- 
ment is for only two weeks. 

It is now set "Tangerine" will 
stick around for five weeks, unless 
a terrible upset occurs, making way 
for "The Passing Show of 1922" at 
the Shubert Dec. 26. 

Estimates for last week: 

"La Tendresse" (Broad, ''second 
week). Disappointing houses until 
end of week, when fact of its belnir 
only serious show in town helped 
business with football crowds. In 
for only two weeks and makes way 
for "Abraham Lincoln," which 
played here first two seasons ago. 
Did $10,000. 

**Tangerina** (Shubert, second 
week). Went across with a bang, 
and seems to have got Jump on 
"Good Morning Dearie." This was 
one of two houses which sold out 
Saturday matinee, getting those 
disappointed in seats at Bowl. 
Grossed $23,000, with prospects of 
beating that this week. 

"Good Morning Dearie** (Forrest, 
second week). Monday night's 
gross was greater than "Tan- 
gerine's." but thereafter it trailed 
Carlton show, due to weak balcony 
play, until Friday. Did about $22,000. 

"Molly Darling** (Garrick, first 
week). Slips in all by itself and 
expected to build to nice business. 
"Bunch and Judy" in final week 
started none .too encouragingly. 
Cawthorn's Injury necessitated dark 
house Wednesday and Thursday. 
Virtual sell-outs at week-end gave 
show k chance to breathe, but 
week's gross didn't beat $9,000 for 
five performances. 

"Tha Goldfish'* (Walnut, fourth 
week). Bottom dropped out of this 
comedy, which showed great prom- 
ise In second week. Even with fino 
downstairs play Friday and Satur- 
day, business was low. Didn't 
reach $7,000. "Anna Christie" comes 
In Monday. 

"Blossom Time" (Lyric, sixth 
week). Achieved its biggest gross 
to date, within a few hundred short 
of $20,000, thanks to Monday sell- 
out, and demand at week-end. Had 
a good though not capacity Sat- 
urday matinee. Is now likely to 
stay until Christmas, with another 
big gross expected this week be- 
fore any falling off is noted. 

"Just Married*' (Adelphi. fourth 
week). Final week for this honey- 
moon farce comedy, which even with 
game crowds dropped to lowest 
level. Dldnt reach $5,000. "To 
liovo" Is sudden booking for Mon- 
day, and It is a toss-up whether 
this or "Anna Christie" pets the 
critics, though the latter will have 
the edge. 

James Madison disclaims any con* 
nection with a proposed Anti-Flirt 
.Society. He says a James Madison 
was mentioned In connection, but 
that h'^. as the stage material writ- 
ing James MadLson, is not the fel- 
low. "Too many reformers already," 
says Mr. Madison, "and my least 
desire is to become one of them.'* 

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Chicago Now Two-Night Capacity Town — Business 
Held Ur by Out-of-Towners— ^22,600 for ''Shuffle 
Along'' ( 'Try to Get In'' ) — Jolson's Amazing Run 

Chicago, Nov. 29, 

Not the Broadway producers who 
.merely linger around the box-ofTlce 
And loop restaurants on brief visits 

..sot the advance agents and com- 
pany managers who only know Chi- 
oago by the loop area 

Not even some of the house man- 
agers who fail to make a survey of 
the speedy expansion of their own 
city for entertainment opportunities 
on the north and south sides 


WxT shrewd individual, who digs 
In. hustles around and learns the 
probable cause of all reactions and 
Improvements in legitimate loop 
trade, alone held the only true solu- 
tion (or last week's happenings 

(1) The"'^eason's most noticeable 
•lump in balcony business. 

(2) "Shuffle Along" breaking the 
house record at the Olympic. 

(3) Al Jolson throwing an extra 
•*thump" into the whirlwind busi- 
ness for "Bombo." 

(4) Monday and Tuesday nights 
being the worst "combined draw" 
alump the theatres suffered in many 

«»- (5) Flop for all the Saturday 

It's easy to place the blame for 
the growing wretched balcony trade. 
Some of the show owners can't 
reckon the cause because they don't 
investigate in the right direction. 
3aIcony trade is usually drawn from 
the young folks of the middle 
classes — at least 'while the lower 
floor holds the present scale of 
prices. During the war enthusiasm 
the young fellow who had more 
money than brains ran elbow to 
^Ibow with the society chap "who 
gave box parties for his girl. Times 
have changed, and now the fellow 
who got a taste of so-called "high- 
life" by buying orchestra seats re- 
fuses to knock pride to one side 
and enter the balcony. Something 
must be done to educate this fellow 
to go back to the theatre location 
-where his bankroll permits. Instead 
of spoiling the illusion that he's an 
orchestra patron because of the 
"taste" that he got of the lower 
floor, the young fellow — thousands 
of young fellows — are treating the 
"best girl" to the entertainment that 
the mammoth dance halls on the 
south side afford. Nothing ails 
Monday and Tuesday night business 
at these dance halls. Any night in 
the week you'll find the young fel- 
lows there, and not at home because 
they are not at the loop theatres. 
Last summer Variety carried a story 
on how the dance halls here would 
"cut Into the balcony trade of loop 
theatres." It haa happened. 

Goinp deeper into the local situa- 
tion, which strangely the majority 
•f the house managers don't In- 
vestigate. It can't be said that Chi- 
cago people can be credited for 
giving various shows the huge 
grosses on the week. Towns within 
a radius of 50 miles of Chicago are 
deprived of show.s this season, more 
eo than ever. These out-of-town 
people are making it a Ug point to 
patronize Chicago theatres — Satur- 
day and Sunday. It's the gross re- 
ceipts on these two days that boosts 
the majority of the shows into the 
winning column. It's the out-of- 
town pjople who are keeping the 
hotel stands from adding to thelf 
losRes of the year. 

Chicago patrons are making Fri- 
day night alone stand out as a rep- 
resentative local night. Thursday 
night was always considered an "off 
night" and it still holds as such. 
Wednesday night isn't as good 
around town as It used to be. Mon- 
day and Tuesday nights are "ter- 
rible." Chicago people don't come 
Into the loop Monday and Tuesday 
nights like they formerly did. If 
you want to see where the people 
go, visit the south side dance halls 
on those nights and the entertain- 
ment opportunities up around Wil- 
son avenue. Something has driven 
the people out of the loop; many 
claim the dlaappointmonts at the 
box-offlces. but. whatever the rea- 
son Is. there Is a big reason and all 
these fants are merely a tip-off to 
those who ought to bo made ac- 
quainted with everything. 

The logical cause for any such 
Important change as has como over 
theatrical contTrtlons in the looi) 
can't be ascertained by .slttlnp 
around In a theatre box-ofTlce in 
the loop and wondering. Investiga- 
tion from chats with the "L" at- 
tendants proves the trafflr from the 
north side on Monday and Tuesday 
nights la way off. Same goes for 
the Illinois Central interurl)an traf- 
fic and the9ou,th ^Ide "L" patrpoafte. 

As conditions now stand. Chicaco. 

despite It Is the second largest city 
in America, has developed into a 
two-mghts-a-week capacity town. 
How ine balcony trade can be re- 
turned, even on the best nights of 
the week, is a matter that needs 
immediate attention, say those wha 
liiiov hi>w had It was last week. 

It was a balcony depression that 
kept "Music Box Revue" from sell- 
ing out at all performances at the 
Colonial. It was good business on 
the week that the big oi-janization 
did, but with the cancellation of the 
usual Wednesday matinee for the 
Thanksgiving matinee the Harris- 
Berlin wonderful array of fun-:^ 
makers won't be able to approach" 
the house record for the Colonial, 
sinte It will have only nine perform- 
ances. On average business for the 
length of its stay the "Music. Box 
Revue" will have to increase its ca- 
pacity speed to hold even with past 
"Follies" engagements. In making 
comparisons of this nature it must 
be remembered that the present Co- 
lonial attraction is enduring a season 
of less theatrical enthusiasm than 
was around when "The Follies" 
gained local record receipts. Under 
all conditions the "Music Box Re- 
vue" Is doing thunderously well in 

To Al Jolson, however, goes the 
choice palm of the loop. He's now 
told the local populace that he will 
eat his "turkey" here Christmas and 
his "goose" New Years, making the 
playgoers laugh all over again by 
the way he stated it. John J. Gar- 
rlty, general manager for the Shu- 
berts, deserves much creflit for the 
way he has handled the scaling of 
prices for the Jolson attraction, also 
the var*ous other things that keep 
aloft the enthusiasm for the show. 
Garrity has worked hard on this en- 
gagement, and Jolson, above many 
others, knows It. 

The populace Is falling all over 
Itself trying to get seats for "Shuf- 
fle Along." at the Olympic. Past 
records for this theatre are so deep- 
ly packed away that It is hard to get 
at them, but it is fair to .Hn.y last 
week's business broke the house 
record, since the scale of prices were 
quite different from those governing 
record weeks of other years. The 
Olympic was the most appropriate 
house In town fqr this attraction, 
and It pleases all to observe the 
happiness that the success brings j 
to George Wharton, disciple of many 
hard -luck weeks In the last two 

Two new openings featured the 
week — "So This Is London!" at Co- 
han's Grand, and "One of Us," at the 
La Salle. The former will do busi- 
ness here, but the days of the latter 
are numbered. Harry Ridings re- 
turned the Cohan atmosphere to the 
Clark street house with the prelimi- 
nary work for "So This Is London!" 
after the Fairbanks pictures, and 
while the present attraction opened 
light It Is Jumping nightly and Vill 
surely strike off big weeks once It 
becomes settled from the heavy 
campaigning It Is receiving. 

William Hodge didn't experience 
his usual success at the La Salle. 
The critics did some Jolting. The 
public promises to do the rest unless 
the present signs are conquered Im- 
mediately. The management essayed 
; to have Henry Ford's approval of 
the show draw the box-oflice atten- 
tion, for Ford's praises were feat- 
ured In all ads, allowing the punists 
to work overtime. 

The smalltown plot plays continue 
to have "The First Year" hi the lead, 
but the Woods show slackened Its 
pacemaking, but It will overcome 
the Blip-back last week with the 
Thanksgiving week business. "Six 
Cylinder Love" Is still tangled up 
with a "buy" not affording a chance 
to learn what window draw the 
piece has since the early weeks of 
the engagement drove many the^jtre 
patrons away when the good seats 
weren't at the *box oflice. "Thank- 
U" runs along on its merit, while 
"Kempy," despite its big Sunday 
night house, got hit hard on Monday 
and Tuesday nights and again Sat- 
urday matinee, but is doing better 
than It was thought in face of the 
adverse conditions offered by the 
piece arriving at the tail-end of the 
small-town plot plays, 

"At the End of the World" got its 
premiere Thursday at the Playhouse, 
but the j>rospocta don't brighten up 
Lester Bryant's feelings. "Field of 
Ermine" did miserably at Powors. 
"Hairy Ape" failed to make the four 
weeks' profit that the Hanks-Gnzzolo 
interests were pulling for at the 
Studebaker. but the limited engage- 
ment returned suffloient profit to 
support Mel Raymond's contention 
in booking the piece under the cali- 
bre of campaigning functioned. 

Most oC the attractions in town 
have canceled usual WednA«- 

dajr matins* to give a special 
Thanksgiving Day mallnee. The 
holiday promises to be the usual 
capacities, for in Chicago the 
Thanksgiving Day matinee is the 
best holiday matinee of the year. 
The Monday and Tuesday night 
slumps will deprive shows of what 
in the past have been called "ter- 
rific week's business" for Thanks- 
giving week. 

It's a great season of speculation 
in Chicago, with the pace becoming 
deadening for those who can't keep 
up with it by producing initiative 
in matters that the independent 
public is causing to be solved by 
patronizing shows Just the reverse 
of what the managerial slate in 
New York predicts. - 

The uncertainties are doing more 
to advertise Chicago, theatrically, 
than any clbster of affairs in the 

Last week's estlmat,es: 

"So This is London!" (Cohan's 
Grand, Ist week). Opened light but 
Jumped at ail i:^rformances, devel- 
oping enthusiastic promise for real 
business, from now on. As usual 
Cohan's 'presentation got the richest 
of newspaper reviews. Whipped out 

"Onl of Us" (LaSalle, ist week). 
When the usual Williara Hodge fol- 
lowing pays its respects it is hard 
to guess where the patronage will 
come from. Not received gently by 
some of the critics. Hit off $6,000. 

"Music Box Revus" (Colonial, 2d 
week). If theatre isn't caught nap- 
ping by public thinking seats not 
available because of craze for ex- 
pensive revue, should hold high for 
remaining six weeks. With football 
season over, Saturday matinee 
should come closer to capacity. Re- 
ported at $33,400. 

"Bill of Divorcement" (Central, 
ith week). Doing some conserva- 
tive advertising and in all probabil- 
ity will now work for a Vun. Safe 
to average around 95,S00, 

"Hairy Ape" (Studebaker, 4th and 
final week). Went out with healthy 
$11,000, with Harry Lftuder opening 
Monday. Jack Lalt's "Spice of 
1922" big event at this theatre Dec. 3. 

"Green Goddess" (Great Northern. 
8th and final week). Another proof 
of valued literary plays not being 
able to stand more than six weeks 
in Chicago. Checked around $9,000. 
"Greenwich Village Follies" opened 

-"Cat and Canary" (Princess, 12th 
week). Continues to draw big prof- 
its without great fuss. Has peculiar 
"draw" all its own. Three matinees 
this week will give record gross for 
engagement. Went over $14,000. 

"Six Cylinder Love" (Harris. 8th 
week). Col. Bill Roche's ideas 
shown In many ways overcoming ef- 
fect *'buy" had on this box oflice. 
Slipped somewhat la balcony but 
held around $12,000. 

"Shuffle Along" (Olympic. 2d 
week). "Try to get in" slogan of 
this big colored show hit. Batted 
out $22,600. Can go higher with 
better Saturday matinee. 

"Thank- U" (Cort, 13th week). For 
consistent business with anywhere 
near "smash hit," no house in Amer- 
ica compares with Herrmann dom- 
icile. Very good again with $11,- 

"Firat Year^ (Woods, 3d week). 
Rightly called "smash hit." with 
fear need only be entertained for 
Monday and Tuesday nights. Went 
nicely to $16,000, but plentj of 
chance to get more. 

"Kempy" (Selwyn. £d week). 
Didn't do as well a^ previous week, 
when all seats were at box office. 
Extra Sunday night perforniance 
over premiere week increased gross 
on week, however. Commissions 
brought gross to $9,300. 

"Bombo" (Apollo, 10th week). Let 
Jolson landslide of popularity be 
praised merely by reporting big hit 
probably checked up $35,600 for total 
receipts on the first 10 weeks. Won- 
der engagement. 

"Field of Ermine" (Powers, 2d 
and final week). Plouse biggest loss 
for sometime. Doris Kcane In "The 
Czarina" opened Monday night. The 
O'Neill show went out around $6,- 

"Lightnin'" (Blackstone, esth 
week). No performance until 
Wednesday after Frank Bacon's 
death Sunday. Beloved Bacon cre- 
ated record here that will stand for 

"At the End of the World" (Play- 
house). Opened Thursday night. 
Mediocre newspaper reviews. Noth- 
ing to indicate any kind of run. 

winds up Saturday night, and 
"Bulldog Drummond " for the Hollis 
to take the place of "He Who Gets 
Slapped." There will also be a 
change of bill at the Shuffert when 
Eddie Cantor and his show pull out 
and the house Is taken by Frank 
Tinnoy In "Daffy Dill." 

Despite the death of Frank Bacon 
"Llghtnln* " will come into the Hollis 
Christmas day, as was planned. 
With Bacon in it, however. It was 
good for a run that would undoubt- 
edly have carried it through to the 
end of the regular season and per- 
haps well Into the summer. Now 
it will come in as a matter-of-fact 
attraction, depending on the busi- 
ness how long it will stay and not 
looked upon as a decldbd capacity 

i After a week of Cecile Sorel the 
i Boston opera house will have for 
two weeks the Russian Grand Opera 
Co. The house for the engagement 
of this company will be scaled from 
$1 to $3. 

The Arlington, the ill-fated up- 
town experimental house, which, 
since It ceased to be the home of the 
Craig stock company, has been more 
or less of a theatrical waif, with dif. 
ferent experiments being tried, has 
booked in Harvey's Minstrels for a 
two weeks' stay. This is an all- 
colored aggregation along strictly 
minstreHlnes, with no attempt being 
made to follow "Shuffle Along" and 
other all-cqlored revues. 

Estimates for last week: 

"He Who Gets Slapped" (HOllls, 
3d week). Business islipped off about 
$1,500 last week, bringing the gross 
down to around $7,000. Is not looked 
upon to have a chance to build up, 
and if it grosses as much will be 
considered doing well. Evidently no 
field for this sort of play here Just 

"White's Scandals" (Colonial, Sd 
week). The show lost something of 
its punch last night and slipped off 
from -$24,500 the opening week to 
business just above $22,000, Is In for 
two weeks more, and during that 
time will probably hold what it is 
doing now. 

"Captsin Applejack" (Tremont, 3d 
week). While not building up any 
this show kept within $500 of the 
business done the previous week, 
with a gross of $11,600. 

"Make It Snappy" (Shubert, 4th 
week). Now on the final week. Did 
about $17;000 for last week, begin- 
ning to show the effect of the stay 
here and the opposition from the 

"Anna Christie" (Plymouth, 3d 
week). Due to pull out at the end 
of this week, with business last week 
off from that of the other two. Gross 
figured In the neighborhood of $7,600. 

"The Bat" (Wilbur, 13th week). 
While showing considerable strength 
this attraction went off a bit with 
the others in town and did under 
$15,000 for the week. 

Reports around town Monday 
night were that Thanksgiving would 
be one of the biggest theatrical days 
of the season, and the advance sale 
for the shows for that day had 
reached unusually large proportions. 



(Continued from page 14) 

weeU, which opened Monday night 
with Cecile Sorel and her company 
of French players for a week. She 
hit this town just right, coming here 
on the heels of Clemcnceau, and 
found the place made to order. 
There was a big house at the open- 
ing with the huuso scaled from 50 
rents to $5. 

Changes that are booked for next 
', ick are "The Dover Road" for the 
rivmouLh. where "Anna ChrlirtJe" 

"Summer Is a-Comin' In," Louis 
N. Parker's light comedy that has 
made a hit on the London stage, 
made its first appearance in aa 
American theatre when it was pro- 
duced by The Players in Talma 
theatre. Providence, Nov. 16. Tha 
play was happily cast and the act- 
ing was quite satisfying. Set In / 
Rosemoor, at Ipplcpen, Devonshire, 
England, the action revolves about 
a young bachelor who finds it enjoy- 
able to trifle with the charms of 
three attractive young women of 
high social position. Into the 
harassed life of the man comes an- 
other woman, different from tha 
others, and then the usual hap- 
pened. But at the same time the 
unusual happened in the appear- 
ance of a triple breach of promlsa 
suit which threatened to bring trag- 
edy in its train. 

Mrs. Irving Fulton Orr took tha 
leading part as "Sylvia," playing 
■opposite William P. Farnsworth aa 
Wllloughby Spencer. As the three 
bachelors, Vernon Llbby, W. Stan- 
ley Holt and Farrand S. Stranahaiv 
Jr., were effective, as were the three 
girls who ran away to escape their 
irate fathers. Miss Caroline Che*, 
ney. Miss Helen Capwell and Miss 
Amy Steere played the rolea Tha 
play was produced under the direc*^; 
tlon of Sarah Minchen Barker, as*; 
slsted by Mrs. William J. Storjr. 

Herman Lanfield, known In fight 
circles as "Kid" Herman is suing hia 
wife for divorce in California. Mrs. 
Lanifleld filed the first suit and the 
"Kid" turned around and filed a 

''y ■-, 

Walter Rast, English prodttoer, 
has made an arrangement with 
Frank C. Elgan whereby he will pro- 
duce plays at the Egan Little the- 
atre, Los Angelea Following the 
long run of Maude Fu4ton's "The 
Humming Bird," which Is now lit 
Its twenty -fifth week, a record for 
the pint-sised theatre. Hast will 
stage "Suspicion," by George Appell 
and Wheeler Dryden. Carmel Myers, 
the picture star, will be featured. 
Engaged for the other roles are 
Marjorie Meadows, at one time with 
Henry Miller; Wedgwood NowelU 
John T. Prince, Theodore Ton Elits, 
Charles Knealy and George Appell, 

Lawrence Deas says he had A. 

right to use two songs from "Shuffle 

i ATong" in the other all-colored show 

he is now with, "Plantation Dayat 

Both songs are published, says Mr. 

' Deas, and he was given orcheetra- 

1 tlons for them by their publisher 

I with a request that he use them. 



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was turned Into a green room. It will now afford a sitting and reception 
room for Miss Eagles. ' ' 

**Sally, Irene and Mary** gives promise of being a corking road attrac- 
tion, In addition to indications of a long run at the Casino. Around each 
holiday time, business has taken a marked Jump, that being understood 
to show the title's reaction on visitors who may think the show is a 
"three in one" combination. The title is fusing of the names of three 
musical comedy successes and produced by the Shuberts, who were not 
concerned in the producing of either of the trio. Broadway was a bit 
surprised that the original producers did not make a sign of protest 
about the three-way title. That might have happened a year ago when 
the show was then a vaudeville act. written by Eddie Dowllng (who is 
now featured In the piece). The Vanderbllt Producing Co. ("Irene") was 
inclined to go to court about It and wrote Flo Ziegfeld, the latter replying 
he wasn't Interested, although his "Sally" was in its prime oif Broadway./ 
When "finally" went to Bosft>n and was approaching the end of its stay 
there, Ziegfeld got an idea that as "Sally, Irene and Mary" had played 
there as a vaudeville act, it might have had some effect. Thereupon he 
wrote the Vanderbllt office, but the latter had lost interest. In fact, the 
latter expressed gratification for every mention of "Irene** (still on the 
road), George M. Cohan never bothered about it His "Mary" wae 
through. -^ , 'i 

Now that "Swlfty** has been here and passed on Its way, It may be 
safe to tell a story regarding the renaming of the production. Originally 
It was called "The Lady Killer" by Hale Hamilton, but he declined to 
appear In the piece while It had that name, and this brought the decision 
to change it. 

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A current story regards the "raiding" of the apartment of a musical 
comedy woman^ in an effort to obtain divorce evidence In behalf of the 
wife of the man who was supposedly Interested in her. Incidentally, the 
wifo is one of two sisters known to the stage as actresses, who has also 
written vaudeville sketches and plays. Her husband some time ago took 
abode apart from his wife. The raiders on entering the building where 
the musical comedy wonrvan lived, simply asked to be shown to "Mr. 
Blank's apartment." They were ushered Into the apartment of the 
woman who Is now named as the co-respondent In the action the wife 
has brought for a divorce. They didn't find the husband, but found some 
of his clothes in the apartment. 

— 'It's a Boy^* closed at the Selwyn, Boston, Saturday, and a picture le 
the attraction at the house, marking time while the Selwyns get "The 
Rear Car" ready for presentation there, about the holldaya The loss on 
"It's a Boy" totals around $40,000. Ram H. Harris had his usual group 
of associates Interestcd-ln It The failure of the comedy In the Hub was 
a good deal of a surprise. A profitable engagement of six weeks was 
expected instead of a flop In two weeks, WTien it could not draw. Harris 
believed the critical comment that it was too much like "Six Cylinder 
Love." But the latter attraction had not played Boston, which com- 
plicates the explanation of the failure. . . •• . 






Fridiy, December 1, 1888 




Beppo Emmet t Shack leford 

Kyd \vnilam Morrlf 

Tony Vinp«'iit Serrano 

}'aul. Alpboris KthUr 

Killipe Frederick Smith 

6am John I^ Ru> 

Marie Alexandra Carliale 

Chicago. Nov. 29. 

The Shuberta Jumped this play 
from Hartford, Conn., Into the 
Playhouse after three days* work 
on It. A report stated the show 
looked so good In rehearsal the Shu- 
berta hesitated about opening It 
"cold" around here, and. after the 
three-day break-in. added a couple 
of more rehearsals. The premier 
performance for Chicago took place 
last Thursday. 

The piece is adapted by Edward 
Delaney Dunn from the German of 
Krnest Klein. It tells of three men 
thrown together. They have de- 
cided to make the keeping of a light 
burning in a lighthouse their life's 
mission. The lighthouse is in the 
extreme southern portion of South 
America, with a relief ship coming 
every six months. The trio consists 
of an American, an ex-M. D., who 
wants to forget; a sailor, who is too 
quick with his knife, and an Eng- 
lishman, tired of the world. A 
woman Is cast upon the shore from 
a wreck. The Englishman and the 
sailor striving for her hand is the 
story, with the doctor hiding him- 
self behind duty, as greater than 

There are four principals — Alex- 
andria Carlisle, as the woman; Wil- 
liam Morris, the doctor; Vincent 
Serrano, the Englishman, and Al- 
phonz Ethier, the sailor. Three 
minor roles give the play a touch of 
color. The piece iJ in two settings. 
A living room which leads to the 
lighthouse tower that appears very 
massive, and actually appears to be 
of concrete, is the firs' The second 
reveals the light with its fenced-in 
turret and blue sky in the distance. 

The cast e denced careful selec- 
tion. Every character fitted, and 
the work of the -layers was superb. 

The play is talky in spots, al- 
though well presented. The ending 
is a well-rtaged fight and the de- 
nunciation of the woman by the 
doctor. While seeming the logical 
finish, still it happens a bit too 
abruptly. • 

The show should get money. In a 
small theatre and with a small cast. 
It should always be on the right 
side of the ledger. Granting that it 
may not startle the dramatic world, 
for the Playhouse it looks like a 
"natural," and with proper handling 
and appeal to dramatic clubs, may 
hang on at a profit for about eight 

George Henry Trader is the pro- 
ducer, with the settings done by 
Rollo Wayne. Loop. 

on reflection must be heart-break- 

The outstanding weaknesses of 
the play seemed to be in the last 
two sc«ne8 — the hero's self-sacri- 
fice in the former smacking too 
strongly of mock heroics and the 
heroine's battle of wits with the 
villain in the latter with his sub- 
• equent unmasking being awkward- 
ly handled, due to cross -purposes 
and conflicting motifs. 

The story opens in the card room 
of an exclu.slve uptown club In New 
York. News of the pardon by the 
governor of a former club member 
now serving a life sentence for the 
murder of a friend comes to the 
members, and a warm argument 
ensues over the merits of the casA. 
A woman enters and is shown into 
an ante-room, followed by a re- 
porter bent on a story regarding the 
pardon. The door opens and the ex- 
convict enters. Suddenly a tall, full- 
bearded English accented clubman 
appears from the ante-room, the 
convict whirls quickly with an exe- 
cration, and shoots the newcomer 
down in his tracks. There is com- 
motion, and through it the district 
attorney announces that the ex- 
convict cannot be indicted for this 
second murder. The woman — the 
wife of the murderer — appears. To 
the newspaper man's inquiry of 
why, the district attorney bids the 
wife tell the story. She begins, the 
lights dim for the flash -back, and 
the story is unfolded. 

The honors go unreservedly to 
Mr. Hohl. 

Alma Tell plays the wife of the 
hero with rare Judgment. Ralph 
Kellard is the hero in a vocal and 
emotional tenor. The role is written 
in^ typical melodramatic fashion. A. 
H. Van Buren as the district attor- 
ney played smoothly. Alex Ons- 
low's was a careful study of de- 
praved criminality. Frank Wester- 
ton's Scotland Yard man. Hans Rob- 
ert as a newspaper reporier and 
Walter Walker's prison warden 
proved fine character bits. 

The success of "It Is the Law" is 
going to be measured by a single 
criterion — whether or not the pul)Iic 
at this time wants mbelodrama. At 
the least, Wallach deserves a ri.sing 
vote for his and production, 
and at the most Rice's play is a 
piece of writing he may well be 
proud of quite aside from whether 
or not it ever gets in the money. A 
fair guess is that it will. Burton. 

termined to free his hoy, H« t«n« 
of his power, hia money and bii 
ability, if nec«Mary. to whip Into 
line the chief executive of tho atate 
and hush the affair up. Durlns the 
next two acta his house begins to 
topple about hia head. Th« son 
whose money waa stolen takes to 
drink ; the daughter reveals that she 
is soon to become a mother of a 
child by the murdered man. and dis- 
aster after disaster piles up. 

John, the murderer, is convicted 
and sentenced to the electric chair. 
The drunkard son dies in the futttr. 
the unwed mother goes out to Cali- 
fornia and deserts her father be- 
cause she does not want her child 
when It is bom to be ruled by her 
father as she and her brothers were. 
Old Peter Weston, however. Is still 
fighting for the life and liberty of 
his son. The last act is the night 
before the dawn set for the execu- 
tion. Old Weston, tired and worn, 
is waiting in a half-darkened room 
for word from Albany, where he has 
sent his lawyers, that the governor 
had granted a pardon. The word 
finally comes, but it tells old Weston 
that all hope of clemency is lost; the 
governor is aft-aid to srant a re- 
prieve becaose of the people. 

Driven to the last wall Weston 
suddenly remembers that he has 
$1,000,000 In cashable securities in 
his safe. He has never been a 
churchman and never has given 
much thought to God or a hereafter. 
Now. however, in his great hour of 
trial he attempts to bargain with 
God as he would with a business 
man. He'll build churches, indus- 
trial schools — anythlng'-^if Qod will 
only hold back the dawn and five 
him time to start a new Une of at- 
tack to save his son. 

A clock strikes, and old ^l^^ton 
cautiously creeps to the curtained 
window to make stire it still is nicht. 
He draws aside the curtain, and the 
sunlight floods the room. A broken 
and whipped man, he staggers back 
to his desk and collapses into a chair 
gibl>erlng "John's dead, John's dead" 
as the final curtain falls. 

The performance of the suporting 
Alcasar company was splendid. Es- 
pecially fine work was done by Je- 
rome Sheldon as the drunkard son; 
Mary Newcomb as the daughter, 
Emmet Vogan as the murderer, 
Netta Sunderland as the wife of the 






Madlaon Corey preaenta Willlani A- 
Pas**" ''UoMly oomedy." although the 
Pajre-Cape Prodvelnv Co.. Inc.. 1« the cor- 
porate owner. Frank McOormack ataged 
Ibe piece, which includes a caat of 64. 
'William T. Roaamore. a apeculator. . . . 

Robert Conneaa 

Nina Roaamore, hla dauchter 

Catherine Dale Owen 
Xjane, butler for Roaamore.. Aubrey Seattle 
Arthur LAceby, ex-CapUln, U. 8. A... 

Qeorce P. Collina 
Rev. Thomaa Laccby, of the Antl-Saloon 

Leacua Bmeat Howard 

LanahaQ. the fixer.... Letahton 8tark 

Creltfhton, the (O'between Edwin Kvana 

Morrison, head of the trucking squad.. 

John I-'S'ona 
MlKKins, of the Gopher Oang.. Albert Hyde 

Vlcarelli, of the Italian bunch 

Barry Townaley 

Tony, a Hl-5aeker Antonio tialerdo 

Judce UlltoB, of the Dlatrlct Court 

John M. Sullivan 

Martin.* Prohibition Commlsaioner 

Oliver Putnam 
Walab. hla chief of ataff....Uugh Chllvers 
Eoforcement Agenta— 

Lubetaky Loula Pelan 

Wolf Joaeph Burton 

Emmallne Kltoa, Martln'a secretary 

Joyce Fair 

Billy, head waiter. Club de Btanc 

Bryce Kennedy 

JeiTy, another walto- Phil Sheridan 

"Dandy PbU" Caalmlr. a apender 

J. Montayne Vandergrlft 
Show Olrla- 

Vlolet Vendome Beryl Collins 

Cleo de Courcelle Dorinda Adama 

Roaa Venturln, sweetheart of Vlcarelli. 

Lenore Alaaso 
Percy Hetheringtoiw a poet. Char tea llasklns 
"Pinkie" Dumont, a cabaret nlngrr... 

Norma Leslie 
"Pass'* Mantmovency, a show girl... 

Kathryn MacDonaM 
Hiram* Maglnnla, from Marietta. Ohio.. 

Walter Cowley 
Inspector Dawaon. P. D.. Walter Lawrence 

Sergeant Walker, P. D ICvan Edwarda 

Mulligan, a policeman John L.:,ona 

Show giria, patrona of the Cafe de Blanc. 
etc.. by Mlaaea Opal Easent, Qwynne 
L«nnon. Wera Dahl. Tova -Dahl. Alia 
D'Aasia. Anna Donahue, and Ursula 
Mack, and Measra. Edgar Wedd, Mariua 
RogatI, W. C. Woodall. T. 8. Jevona, 
Harry Kingsiey, and othera. 
Paul Specht 8 Grill Orchestra ofllclates in 
the third act uatiaret set, conducted by 
Al Epstein, with Nat Levick, .lulra Aron- 
owitx. Ix)u LomlKirvl ami Al Siva:e»e 
comprising Its penonne). Reviewed at the 
Montauk, Brooklyn. N. Y.. last week. 
Opened at the 8»th Street N^v. 27. 


Buffalo, Nov. 29. 
"It Is the Law," Elmer L. Rice's 
latest drama, renamed "The Frame - 
Up" by a committee of local judges, 
is the Ossa-on-Pelion of the flash- 
back type of murder melodrama. 
Five years ago, when the climax- 
prologue, expIanatlon-play method 
was new, when "On Trial" by the 
same author was regarded as the 
latest word In dramatic construc- 
tion, this play could have been a 
world-beater on form alone. As it 
is now. with both stage and screen 
given over to myriads of flashback 
stories, "It Is the Law'* must depend 
on other and more substantial qual- 
ities. And these it has in abundance 
—in the originality of idea about 
which it revolves, in the sltlllful and 
facile handling of its story, in a 
flawless and superlatively excellent 
cast, in an artistically executed in- 
vestiture atJd in the conception by 
Arthur Hohl of one of the most per- 
fect heavy roles seen here in many 

The play. In three acts and seven 
scenes, is from a story by Hayden | Pleasure. The daughter, a fine type 
Talbot. Rice is said to have com- ; *^f S^'^l. is in love with the son of the 
pleted it only a few weeks ago, when ! "I'^n whom old Peter Weston chent- 
it waa immediately accepted for ^'^ "f pronerty 20 years before. The 


San Francisco, Nov. 29. 
Frank Keenan returned as a stage 
star here last week in a brand new 
play, entitled "Peter Weston," staged 
for the first time at the Alcazar, and 
scored an emphatic hit. The piece 
is by Frank Dazey and Leighton 
Osmun, and is a tense but harrowing 
piece c>f playwriting. The story is 
full of drama, but there is a sordid- 
mess about it all that sends on^out 
of the theatre depressed. Its action 
is based upon what, at best, is an 
unusual case and by no means is 
representative of American life even 
in the case of a man as adamantine 
in his world of business as was 
Peter Weston. 

The story concerns the name char- 
acter, who has built up a great pump 
works in New York, has amas^sed a 
great fortune and a powerful name 
in the business world. He is a man 
of power. He has taken the lives of 
his children, two sons and a daugh- 
ter, and moulded them as suited his 
pleasure. One son, whose great am- 
bition was to be a painter and whose 
thought traveled solely in the world 
of art, is yanked out of his day- 
dreams and placed In his father's 
office. He is married and unhappy, 
but the will of the father has made 
him spineless. The other son is an 
idler li^i^ncr off a legacy left by his 
mother. The father Is letting him 
have his head and play a "man 
about town" because it suits his 

production by Samuel Wallach. for- 
merly of the William Harris forces. 
Between Wallach and Mike Oold- 
reier the Harris office looks like a 
germinating ground for embryo pro- 

Lester Lonergan did the staging 
and Livingston IMatt the settings. 
Tho show opened in Springfield, 
Mass., jumped to Binghamton, and 
then into Buffalo. The production 
is set for New York ready to leap 

former owner is now an employe of 
old Weston. 

This state of aff«frs Is developed 
during the first act and takes up 
practically the whole of it. Then 
suddenly and without warning in 
walked melodram.i and tragedy. 
John, the son who craved to be an 
artist and who has the management 
of his brother's legacy from the 
mother, is revealed as a thief. 

The news is conveyed by the youth 

into the first breach opened in the j In love with John's sister and whom 
wavering line of season's offerings sh*» wants to marry her 
along the Rialto and which it un- ( father's will. This youth also works 
expectedly found at tho Ritz ' in the factory and hns learned aulte 

through the Bainter play's with 

"It Is the Law" is crackling, 
high-tension melodrama, combining 
a compellinpr story, masterly dra 

by neridf»nt that .Tohn has squan- 
dered the money, belonginor to his 
brother. He is 'partly responsible 
for the custody of this money, and 
corvfn intent upon revealinrr the 


Washington. Nov. 29. 

This new play. "The Painted 

Lady." with Fay Bainter starred, is 

a play of distinction, but as to its 

power as a box-office attraction, 
that is another question. Had not 
the author, Monckton Hoffe. done 
his work so extremely well, and had 
not William Harris, Jr., the pro- 
ducer, assembled such a remarkably 
good cast, the theme would have 
foundered and been lost. To coldly 
analyze it, one word seems to sum 
it all up — fantasy. 

In Baltimore last week, where the 
piece was first presented, the papers 
generally were adverse in their 
opinions. That is understandable, 
however, as "Getting Gertie's Gar- 
ter" has been, running there for 
some eight or nine weeks, and this 
is not the sort of a play that would 
appeal to that class of theatregoers. 

The first act has originality In 
conception and treatment. It Is a 
gathering of the notables of an 
English town, to accept a master- 
piece done by an old Italian master 
of the patron saint of the. church. 
It's here the author's assembly of 
character was a positive delicht. 
From this first act the story 
r;witches back to how that picture 
became a masterpiece and the im- 
planting of that certain something 
into it that goes to make master- 

The picture, which is not an old 
master, is the first inspiration 
brought to a young artist throngh 
his lovo for a circus rider, which 
he sells to a faker of antiques. Be- 
cause greatness had been implanted 
in the work it was only a matter of 
time before, through a little trickery, 
it was accepted as an old master- 
piece and presented to tho chnrch, 
where it was enshrined as the 
portrait of its patron saint. 

In Fay Bainter Is a wistful appeal 
of sincere simplicity. She was mag- 
nificent. Arthur Byron's perform- 
ance of the drunken father was 
splendid. The cast is mostly Sng- 
llsh. Among the other players were 
Ferdinand Gottschalk, Cotxrtenay 
Foote, Henry Daniell, Eugene 
Powers, A. P. Kaye, Orlando Daly 
and St. CTaIr Bayfield. Robert Mil- 
ton grasped his opportunities as the 

Mr. Harris is closing the piece 
here Saturday for a brief period for 
rephapinpT. This may result tn pro- 
viding that certain other attribute 
to as.suro a financial as well as 
artistic success. IfeaJHu. 

^matic treatment and a wealth of , truth to old Weston. A quarrel en- 
surc-flre character delineat'on. The i Hues between the vountr man and 

.pombination delivers a. wallop and i John, and rnrl.q with John shooting 
spelh^ an evening chock full of dra-'nnd klDinEr him. The shnotinir is 
matic interest and corkinj? enter- j ^\'itro<»«.od by a maid. Old Weston 
tainmenf. The story start.s with a I comes in and looks all the door.*?, 
bang (literally as well as flj^urative- j while he conches his son in a story 
Jy) and holds the attention from the ' whereby it Is to lie made to appenr 

out.set, an effect enhanced by the 
perfect performance of a unif<jrmly 
excellent cast. The producer has 
spared himself no pains, even tho 
smallest bits being done by thor- 
'#ugh artists — and at a cost which 

that the dead man committed sui- 

Tho second act takes place the 
next :nornlng In the same setting, 
which is used for all four acts. Old 
Westn has taken charge and la de- 

George Rockwell (Rockwell and 
Fox), after paying his hotel bill in 
Philadelphia last week, found all 
stores closed. Nece.s.«tary to have 
a towel for wrapping up Some 
fraglTo article, he selected one of 
the hotel towels. Monday he sent 
a money order for 50 cents to the 
hotel management advising it was 
for tho towel he had lifted. Tues- 
day he received an acknowledge- 
ment together *with another towel, 
the hotel manager advising Rock- 
well the house towels oMt 21 cents 


• ■ . .■ i 1. — 

That's quite a production item — 
54 people. Looks more like a musi- 
cal comedy line-up. In truth there 
are about eight or nine couples who 
just fill in the picture in the third 
act cabaret scene and do nothing 
else. This does not include the five- 
piece orchestra and the rather large 
cast of puppets necessary to con- 
tinue the action, which is concerned 
with a feud between the King of the 
Blast Side Bootleggers and the King 
of the West Side Bootleggers. 

The piece is descril>ed as a timely 
comedy, although it approaches 
melodramatic farce constantly. Its 
timeliness is the prohibition ques- 
tion, with a few choice local 
references for good measure such as 
the arrest of the Salvation Army 
girl recently on tho doorstep of the 
Gaiety theatre. New York, and other 
things. The Salvation incident 
is mentioned to carry out U. S. Dis- 
trict Judge Hilton's point that be- 
fore the government attempts en- 
forcing the 18th Amendment it 
should concern itself with the 

The argument, a wordy, talky de- 
bate, undeniably Unadulterated sym- 
pathetic wet propaganda, takes 
place in Rossmore's home. Ross- 
more is the brains of a wealthy 
bootleg organization, and Judge Hil- 
ton is one of his close friends and 
patrons. Thusly the freedom of 
speech amendment is disproved by 
the Salvation girl's arrest; the sec- 
ond amendment privilege of carry- 
ing arms is refuted by the jurist by 
the Sullivan law ban on all such 
pocket artillery; the 15th Amend- 
ment, giving the negro full suffrage 
and equality Is refuted by the 
south's "jim crow" sequestration in 
public conveyances, et al. This in- 
troduction is" rather retarded and 
could be speeded up in view of the 
15 minutes overtime after eleven. 

The action really assumes the- 
atrical form when Nina Rossmore, 
the bootlegger's daughter, makes 
her appearance, just returned from 
Buropc. She has become betrothed 
during her absence to Capt. Arthur 
Laceby, ^hose father, tho Rev. 
Thomas Laceby, Is secretary of the 
Anti-Saloon League. Full advan- 
tage of the situation of a bootleg- 
ger's daughter becoming engaged to 
an anti's offspring is taken and not 

Rev. Laceby has secured a berth 
for his son as a special enforcement 
ag€nt. not a common cellar Rnlffer 
mind you, but one who is looked 
upon to employ his war experience 
in the U. S. Intelligence Dept. In 
tracking this unknown head of the 
bootleg ring (Rossmore, his pros- 
pective father-in-law). 

Act II is Kct in I»rohibitlon head- 
quarters, which, for ail tho suspi- 
cion and knowledge that even the 
most conscientious of our champ 
hootch detectors are not averse to 
looking the other way at times, is a 
farce. Everybody in the office is a 
corrupt grafter from lh« ei>i*f down. 
Only the stupid I'rohibition Com- 
mls.sioncr is iili.ssfully ignorant of 
the runj runners' doings right under 
his nose. And, of course. Capt. 
Laceby, who has just Joined the 

Doublc-cro.ssing and triple-cross- 
ing for bribes and graft are spoken 
of with the greatest calm and un- 
concern, not to mention audibility. 
tTcn though the commisb Is offlced 

right next door. The bootleggers' 
war is between Vlcarelli. king of th« 
lUlian or Kast Side bunch, and 
Rossmore. The former has way- 
laid a shipment valued at llOO.OOd 
ordered by Hossmore, who after 
caving the way with the ofilclala 
linds the Italians had Intercepted it 
on the Merrick road near Jamaica. 
Rossmore bribes a prohib. agent to 
discover where Vicarelll has cached 
it,' and in turn abducts the $100 000 
shipment plus some of Vicarelli'a 
own stock. Vlcarelli is now viaitln^ 
the agents' offices to bribe them 
again for information and thus steal 
it back. This develops into a "but- 
ton, button, who's got the button?" 
I shuttlecock situation. 

Rossmore's daughter and her' 
fiance have been neglected too long; 
so the action is swung to Act ILL 
the Club de Blano (a fair idea of the 
Little Club, New York, Interior). 
There Rossmore and his Italian » - 
ponent have arranged to meet and 
negotiate on business. The jaxs 
band jasses, the couples dance, an 
intended comedy bit with a hictt 
squawking at the check damage 
and the $8 per highball holdup 
are preludes for the climax. Tony, 
Vicarelli's henchman. Intends to 
double cross his employer, who with 
his affluence has won the hand of 
Rosa, the queen of Mulberry street 
or somewhere thereabouts. The 
double cross is intended via a bottle 
o^ poison hootch. Vlcarelli refuses 
to drink but Ross does. She is 
stricken blind and Vicarelll stabs 
Tony. Coincldently Nina Rossmore 
sees her father emerge from a pri* 
vate dining room and her suspicioQ 
of her father's source of affluence is 

Act IV, back to Rossmore's home. 
Tony has a good chanco to live, 
which lets the wealthy bootlegger 
off easy and sidesteps any complica- 
tions of a murder charge. VlcarelH 
enters and departs after receiving a 
Mafia skull and crossbones threat. 
He exits under police guard but Is 
assassinated even though protected. 
Ro«^smore decides to reform. TTo 
tells Capt. J aceby, who has de- 
cided to resign from his spying posi- 
tion, to apprise headquarters where 
a quarter of a million dollar boose 
cache -is to be found for destruction, 
Nina apparently forgives her dad, 
and curtain. 

That's the gist of the plot. Sounds 
like a good groundwork for a sce- 
nario thriller. In play form it is 
interesting in average fashion. The 
title is a good commercial assf^t for 
the box office but on its* merits as 
out and out entertainment it ''oesn't 
compare with "The Old Soak, " an- 
other prohibition inspired opus. "Ths 
Bootlegger" as a title, however, is 
for popular "wet" appeal and means 
more than the Marquis appellation. 

The cabaret scene is a novelty and 
the injection of another entertainer 
or two besides the songstress who 
handles one vocal number cutely 
could be resorted to as a strength- 
ener. The cast itself Is average»v 
proficient with no one really given 
important opportunity. Barry 
Townsley as the debonair. Valen* 
tlnocsque rum runner made th« 
most of the choicest opportunity. 
Robert as Bossmore wa« 
convincing, as was Leighton Stark 
as Lanahan. AheU 



n<^* WUllam A. RothohlJd 

""«'♦*•» Jene Johnatoa 

S^'^!*"'. • --i;:.- - • . .N«than Gale 

Doctor's WKe Sclina Oraae 

JVIvy Councillor Rot>«'rt J. I.ann« 

Privy CouncUJor'* Wlfa Diana Fcnten 

Yojinu Man Maurice Oreea 

PoJIce Arrnt Allen W. Nairle 

Gu«ita-H»Ien Grey, B«tty C. Clutch. All- 
lene Ix)«b. Uftty Vox, Mab«l Van«>t. Mau- 
rice Burk^, F«n FIncke, Michael M. Rosner. 
Frederick J. Spender. 8. I«. Wycl ofT. 

I^JcUoya— I.«H)nard Benbad, WillUira J. 
IT.»ckett. roMce— Saul I^aiare, Georre 
Mitchell. Gypsy Mualclana— John I'ransky, 
Norman Joy, Morrla Brodata, Oraaio Tal- 


r^ncr Kllaabcth Bellalra 

■Alfrf^'i Fr«)«arleli J. .Spendar 

Kthf>Ibert John Alexander 

Delta Plorance V. Lae 


Prof. ITpnry Corrle. D.Bc Qmrtav Blum 

Mm. McMon. hia alatar... .Mad»tine Mor«ll 

Hannah, a a«rvant Mabc) Vanet 


^o''«« .^ Gaorf • Lamoat 

Chanr-Sut-Ten ...Mlehaal M. Roonar 

The Mandarin 8. R. Wyckoff 

Kwen- r.m -. Aniaav tAcb 

The God of Fate Ptadartak J. teefider 

The Property Man Ban Placlia 

The Gone Bearer WlUlam J. BaekaU 

■* i 

The East-West Players Is the 
nearest approach locally to what the 

Washington Square Players stood 1 

for when that organization under | 

Edward Goodman's was at the peak j 

of its existence. In some respects I 

the East-West group transcends the | 

other organization. For a "little | 

theatre" company it has done some | 

notable things the past few seasons ' i 

under Gustav Blum's direction. They J 
are unique alone In that they devoto™- 1 

Ihemgelvea exclusively to the pre- i 

sentation of the one-act play. The i 

ultimate ambition is the acquisition ! 
of a Times Square location for a 

one-act play repertory theatre. The £ 

program slogan sums It up: "What % 

the one-act play asks for it not an | 
advocate or a defender, it asks for 
opportunity for development." 

The first bill of this season's 
repertoire Inchidesitwo pieces Jkever 


fi.,':yn> .-* "? ..».T.*'' 

Friday, December 1, IMS 



^fore dontt In America. They are 
yerenc Molnarli "Dinner," a naive 
little comedj (tranalated by Charles 
Feleky), and St. John Brvlne'e 
tragedy ''Proffreu,** a dramatio ex- 
position against warfare. 

"Progresa" is one of the two high- 
lights. In it. Mr. Blum, the director, 
acquits himself in his usual finished 
manner, although he is ordinarily 
content more with the direction 

Cn the actual histrionics. Made- 
I Morrell handles the sympatheti- 
cally dramatic role to a nicety and 

James, plays and royalties; James fgenT bowed into the S9th Street 

F. Goodman, school of the drama; 
Miss Miriam Lechtman, member- 
chip; Allen Hinckley, music and 
pageantry; C W. Hardenbergh« 
finance; Louis W. Shouse, theatre 
and halls. 


(Continued from page 11) 
card said. also, favorite hero. Joe 
Leblang; favorite heroine. Annie 
hints of poesibtlltiea professionally. I Oakley; favorite songs, "Good-bye, 
As the sister at the scientist who ' Little Buy, Good-bye," "Her© Comes 
has invented a bomb which will McBrlde." and "It's a Long, Long 

wipe put whole towns and villages 
and thus minimise the duration of 
war. she gives an excellent interpre- 
tation of the bereft mother who still 
grieves the loss of her son andhus- 
band. the victims of the war. when 
her scientist kinsman refuses to de- 
stroy the formula, she does so. 
When he brags it is lmpre<;sed on 
his mind she kilts the annihilating 
compound at the source, even at the 
expense of the inventor's life. 

♦•Fancy Free" by Stanley Hough- 
ton, is a polite triangle comedy that 
has possibilities for vaudeville if 
accelerated a trifle. Frederick J. 
Spender and John Alexander 
handled the two male roles 
oeedingly welL 

Line a-Winding." Also an appli- 
cant would be required to ^xpress 
preference of working at the New 
Amsterdam or the Music Box and 
explain why. 

Special songs sung held this gem 
to the tune of "Annie Rooney'*: 
She's my Annie, I'm her beau; 

Tickets we don't sell — 
Go to Joe. 

Joe's our buddy. 
He gets 'em after we start. 
But little Annie Oakley 
Is my sweetheart. 
The Adler-Oray ditties were 
ex- ' marked as sections to "Amendment 
IXVIIL" One to the tune of "Oh, 

' For the rest, the company deports! How I Hitte to Get Up in the Morn- 
Itself satisfylngly in q ilasi- prof es -' ing," ran: 

sional manner that shows painsiak 
ing directorial maneuvering. 

Realistic scenic presentation is 
eschewed probably more for 
economic reasons than artistic Not 
that the impressionistic set pieces 
do not sufflce— contrarily they are 
somewhat of a relief from ultra - 
realism — but if the organization 
Anally realises its dream of pos- 
sessing its own theatre, practical 
settings would be in keeping with 
the full-fledged professional grol- 
uation. ' Abel 



'^Tilza," the first colored show to 
inf Broadway this fall, after a sum- 
mer wherein a quartet of such at- 
trartiona bid for business in the 
theatre zone, opened at Daly's 63d ' ^^> 
Street Monday. -^ 

The piece or.'glna'ly played at the 

Lafayette, in the colored section of 
Harlem, in September. It was then 
called "Bon Bon Buddy, Jr." When 
it opened uptown managerial claims 
were that it had been framed for 
Broadway, but the presentation then 
was in need of much fixing before 
trying for a run downtown. 

Since then the show has drawn 
new backing. Few cast changes are 
announced, but a production has 
been supplied. The theme song 
"Liza" was recently adopted as the 

Irvin C. Miller and Emmett An- 
thony are the comic loads, with 
Gertrude Saunders the prima donna. 
Greenlee and Drayton are added 
players to the original line-up. The 
show will give a midnight perform- 
ance Wednesdays, fol'owing the 
practice established by "ShufTle 
Along," which ran €0 weeks at this 

"Bon Bon Buddy, Jr.* was re- 
Tlewed in Variety of Sept. IS, last. 

Oh, how I hate to count up in the 

Why can't a treasurer pick his 

When you think the day's your own 
Then a voice comes o'er the phone: 
"Yoji got to count up! You got to 

count up — 
You got to count up this morning." 
I hope some day, vfhen I own a 

theatre. ••,v.r'' .;..•._ ^y-i 
All of the auditors will be dead; 
If you work for Lee and Jake 
You'll have a job that takes the 

cake — 
You'll never count up — whea^you 

should be in bed. 

To the tune of "Mr. Gallagher and 
Mr. Shean": 

Mr. Dillingham! Oh, ^Ir. 

DO you know the treasurers have a 

fund? ' 

They get twenty when they're 111; 
And five hundred when they're stillH 
Why can't you give a thousand on 

the run? 
Oh. Mr. Leo! Oh, Mr. Lee! 
A very cute idea just came to me. 
They can have the dough I've got. 
If I could kill 'em all on the spot — 
Absolutely, Mr. Dillingham, 
Positively. Mr. Lee. 

(Continued firom page IS) 
now In New York. Like this latest 
scheme, it was given much publicity 
but its supporters let it drop and 
are now lending their influence to 
the new project, as are members 
of the Comedy Club, a rather ex- 
clusive dramatic organization which 
•x!sted as a social affair. 

The leaders of the Kanssui City 
Theatre, in their enthusiasm, are 
talking of incorporating in the new 
enterprise a school where members 
will be admitted to classes in dra- 
matic art, speaking, stage designing, 
lighting and scene painting; in fact, 
all of the allied arts of the stage. 
It is the Intention to present seven 
plays this season, and the plays 
committee has announced a list of 
24 plays from which seven will be 
selected. The list: "And So They 
Were Married." "The Yellow Jack- 
et." "My Lady's Dress." "Beyond 
the Horizon," "Captain Jinks," "The 
Great Divide," "Pomander Walk." 
"Lotty." "Strife," "School for Scan- 
dal," "The Winter's Talo." "Lady 
Windemere's Fan," "Twelfth Night," 
' "John Ferguson," "Jane Clegg," 
"The Doctor's Dilemma," "Man and 
Supcrftian," "The Power of Dark- 
ness." "The Inspector General." "The 
Pretty Sabine Woman." "The Mar- 
rinf?e cf Kitty." "The Hood Hipe," 
"Pillar.'* of Society," "The Sunken 

The offlcers of the orp.inization, 
which will he inrori)orr\tfd, all 
prominr»nt in bu.'^inc-s nn<l prof»^a- 
"^ a'onnl circles, are: R Bry.son Jones, 
president; H^nry I). Ashley, firrt 
vice-propident; Mrs. CIcorece W. 
Fuller, second v^ce-prPHid'nl; Davi«l 
Ben.lamln, third vico-prcsirlnnt ; W. 
D. Hancock, secretary; Thornton 
Cooho, txca«<nrer: John T. Hardlntr. 
coun.'^c!; Arthur F. Ilrodic. jiuditor. 

Thn chnirmen of the c itrht com- 
mlttoo«» are: Marcus I-'ord. produc 


(Continued from page 13) 
"Seventh Heaven" hung around 
110,000 for Its second and third 
weeks, then went to 112,200 last 
week, not much under actual 
capacity for the Booth. "The Last 
Warning" is very strong, with $13,- 
000 in last week. "The Love Child " 
showed something by jumping to 
nearly $11,000 at the Cohan, while 
"R. U. R." is nearly selling out at 
the Frazee. 

The musicals are still topped by 
Ziegfeld's "Follies." which beat $35,- 
000 last week; the new "Music Box 
Revue." which again beat $29,000 
for standee trade; "The Greenwich 
Village Follies," which is riding in 
third position, and got $23,000 last 
week, while "Little Nellie Kelly," at 
the Liberty,, is cleaning up, with its 
second week $22,000 and more. 
"Chauve-Souris." at the Century 
roof, clicks off $17,000 weekly right 
along. "Blossom Time," which tops 
the list in point of run, la doing ex- 
cellently at the Century, and last 
week turned a nifty profit with 
nearly $17,000 in, though the man- 
agement claims over $20,000. 

Next week lined up as getting 
five new plays but the incoming list 
was cut down to three, because two 
of the new productions have been 
held oflf for repairs. "Mike Angelo" 
was listed to succeed "Why Men 
Leave Home" at the Morosco, but 
the latter attraction took a spurt 
and is announced for all season, 
while "Mike" is to be fixed up for 
possible later presentation. The 
Fay Bainter show, variously known 
a# "The Panted Lady," "Painted 
Flapper," and "The Lady CriPti- 
linda." will not come into the Rltz 
next week. That house was given 
a sudden booking Wednesday (this 
week) in "It Is the Law." a mystery 

Going out this Saturday are "The 
Passing Show," which leaves the 
(Jardon empty for n^niodelinfi:; "The 
Cat and Canary," which w 11 he suc- 
ceeded at the National Monday by 
"I<\ifhlons for Men'; "To I.ovo," 
which will 1)0 followed u( the Bijou 
hy "l-istcnini? In," n!»d "I'artncrs 
AKaln," which gets two weeks of 
pi( turt'S and will proh.ihly 
tal<«> on Jane Cowl in "Romeo and 
.lullet." Next week's third premiere 
wMl ^e "Our Nell' (T)\TyiiK ns 'Tiie 
Hiiysccd ' this week in W.ishing- 
ton). whi<'h relitrhts the T'.aye.s. 

"The Hunch and Judy " opened at 

Monday and won a pasting from 
the reviewers. "Lisa," a colored 
troupe, entered Daly's 6Sd Street 
Monday and was very well regarded. 
The show was originally called "Bon 
Bon Buddy, Jr.," and has been con- 
siderably improved sinqe first show- 
ing uptown (Lafayette). 

The Comedy Francals did so well 
at the 39th Street that it will be 
brought back to town next week, 
playing four special matinees at the 
Century. Mme. Sorel is the star. 
For both weeks at the S9th Street 
the attraction bettered $16,000. 
charging $S top. The matinee scale 
advertised %m "popular prices" is $3 

"The Bat" easily beat the field in 
the Subway houses, it getting over 
$lB.30f at the Broad St.. Newark. 
"Daffy-DIll" at the Majestic. Brook- 
lyn, played to $12,500. under expec- 
tations. "The Bootleggers" at the 
Montauk got under $4,000 on the 
week, while "The Monster" at Tel- 
ler's, in the same borough again got 
nearly $10,000. "Mister Antonio" 
drew $8,500 at the Riviera, while 
"The Rubtoon" grossed $7,000 at the 
Bronx opera house. 

Buy Renewal Forced 

The advance price agencies and 
the John Golden office clashed last 
week over the renewal of the buy 
for "Spite Corner" at the Little 
theatre. The agency men did not 
want to continue the buy on the 
show after the original deal had 
been fulfilled, but the Gqlden ofitce 
maintained that if the agencies 
wanted to continue to handle seats 
for "The Seventh Heaven" at the 
Booth, one of the real hits for which 
there is a strong demand, they 
would have to Tenew on "Spite 
Corner." with the producer coming 
off victorious. 

Those attractions that have the 
real call in the agencies outside of 
the musical pieces are "Merton of 
the Movies," which seems to have 
hit the town between the eyes; 
"Rain" at the Maxine Elliott. "Loy- 
alties" at the Gaiety and "The Sev- 
enth Heaven" at the Booth. 

With the renewal of the buy on 
"Spite Corner" and the addition of 
"The Bunch and Judy" at the 
Globe to the list, the attractions 
that the agencies hold outright 
number 27, which is one more than 
last week, despite the fact that the 
"Yankee Princess" deal finished 
last Saturday night. 

A complete list of the buys in- 
cludes "The Lady in Ermine" (Am- 
bassador). "Kikr (Belasco), "The 
Seventh Heaven (Booth), "Aimer" 
(Bijou). "Springtime of Youth" 
(Broadhurst). "The Gtngham Girl" 
(Carroll), "Sally. Irene and Mary" 
(Casino), "The Love Child" 
(Cohan). "Merton of the Movies" 
(Cort>7 "Rain" (Elliott). "East of 
Sues" (Eltinge), "R. U. VU' (Frazee), 
"Whispering Wires" (49th Street), 
"The Bunch and Judy" (Globe), 
"Loyalties" (Gaiety), "Hamlet" 
(Harris), "So This Is London" 
(Hudson), "The World We Live 
In" (Jolson's). "Little Nellie Kelly" 
(Liberty), "Spite Corner" (Little), 
"The Awful Truth" (Miller's). 
"Music Box Revue" (Music Box). 
"Follies" (Amsterdam). "Up She 
Goes" (Playhouse). "The Old Soak" 
(Plyipouth), 'The Fool" (Times 
Square), and "The Passing Show" 
(Winter Garden). 

Cut Rates Drop Four 

The cut rate list fell from 19 to 
16 attractions offered at bargain 
prices this week, with the expecta- 
tion that the list would build up 
somewhat next week after the 
Thanksgiving holiday and the be- 
ginning of the usual pre-Chrlstmas 
slump. Those attractions oflTercd 
are: "Thin - Ice*^ (Belmont), 
"Springtime of Youth" (Broad- 
hurst), "Blossom Time" (Century), 
"Love Child" (Cohan), "Liza" 
(Daly's), "Texas Nightingale" (Em- 
pire). "Hospitality" (48th Street). 
"Fantastic Fricassee" (Greenwich 
Village), "The World We Live In" 
(Jolson). "Shore Leave" (Lyceum), 
"Yankee Princess" (Knickerbocker). 
"Why Men Leave Home" (Moros- 
co), "Up She Goc-s" (Pl.ayhouse). 
"Abie's Irish Rose" (Republic). 
"Partners Again" (Selwyn) and 
"Passing Show" (Winter Garden). 



tion; W, J., rerry, publicity? D., L. the Olobc Tuesday. TUeBootlej? 

Courts of Justice arc usually sym- 
pathetic towards the two week.s" 
cancellation notice as a theatrical 
custom, but the court In the Fir.sf 
Municipal Di.«(rict of Brooklyn did 
not uphold (Miss) Bobbie Hudson's 
claim for $60 against Harry New- 
man, owner of the "Bindbox Re- 
vue." a vaudeviMe act. Miss Hudson 
sued for her two weeks' .«5alary when 
then 'he was summarily dismissed in 
Hobokcn, where the act was plac- 
ing. Newmrin t'Stified tho girl was 
tardy for her nhow. The chorine 
explained sho wgi.s with a sick frifnd. 
which caused the delay. The judcc 
did hot deem that a very urRf-nt 
cause for missing her performpincc. 

"One good one makes up for several bad ones" was a term I once 
heard, but I understand it better now than I did then. 

All doctors are not nickel nursers. In fact, most all that I have met 
are very humane, sympathetic and understanding. You will perhaps 
recall the editorial that appeared in Variety a year ago about Dr. George 
D. Stewart's operation on me, and what he said to me when I asked for 
my bill. His reply was: 

"I wouldn't like to have your theatrical and newspaper friends think 
they are the only people who appreciate a good soldier. We soon find out 
when we get them on that table how much soldier is in them. You are 
a good soldier. I am glad to have been of service to you. You don't owe 
me anything." 

The other day a vaudeville actress, who has been a patient here, was 
leaving the hospital, fully recovered. She had an operation by Dr. 
Stewart. While she was in my room saying good-bye to me. Dr. Stewart 
came In. '• ' ^ 

"Oh. doctor," she said, "I feel terribly." 

"You shouldn't," he replied. "You sre going home, aren't you?" 

"Yes," she answered, "bet I haven't the money to pay your bill. X 
haven't been working, and have no work booked." 

This kind, wonderful man, who stands so high In his profes«lon that 
he is president of the Academy of Medicine and counted one of America's 
greatest surgeons, looked at this little pale girl, then patted her on the 
head and said: "Well, .well — is that what's worrying you? Just forget 
it, and get well and be happy; and the first chance you get to do a favor 
for someone who is in hard luck, do it. Than we will be square." 

I was thrilled and inspired. The Great Nasarene must have been 

I thank you again. Dr. George D.. as we affectionately call you. not only 
for the professional assistance rendered to the little vaudeville girl and 
myself, but for your friendship and faithful counsel. What a beautiful 
religion is yours! 

This roommate of mine persists in singing at all hours of the night 
No matter how much he is covered up or threatened with eviction, he 
indulges his love of unfolding "melodies in F." X. Y and 7L At 10 o'clock 
the other night he wanted to sing "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean." At S 
o'clock the next morning he wanted to imitate Van and Schenck. 

They tell me he is a "roller." if you get what I mean. I think he is in 
here as an emissary of some of my Christian Science friends who want 
to get me thrown out, thinking probably that is the only way I will ever 
get ou(. 

So some morning I expect to find myself sitting on the curb at Twelfth 
street and Seventh avenue with my bird cage under one arm and my 
plaster of parls cast under the other.. , . y , - / .. ^ y* 

One day last week when he hadn't let a peep out of him all day, I 
lying here talking to him, trying to cajole him into singing. I remarked: 
"All right for you, if you don't want to sing for me. I don't have to 
depend on yoqu I will ask Van and Schenck to come down and sing 
for me." 

While I was talking Tom Gorman came In and heard me trying to 
coax tho bird to sing. He said Van and Schenck were playing at the 
JefTerson theatre. He mentioned to them how near they were to the 
hospital, and Wednesday I was surprised with a concert. 

The boys came over and sang all of their new songs, and many of their 
old ones, to my delight and the edification of the nurses, nuns and other 
patients. And to hear them sing was Thanksgiving enough for me. 

While the attendants were attempting to get me Into a wheel chair, I 
sat down almost entirely without help. After the concert was over and 
they startech to go, Joe Schenck couldn't find his cap. An exhaustive 
search of th| room failed to reveal it. Joe had an idea where It was, but 
he was reluctant to express it. 

I began telling them how wonderful It was for me to be able to sit 
down alone — the first time in three years. 

"Well." Joe paid, "that's because you didn't have my golf cap to sit on. 
You're sitting on my cap." 

And I was. .'■■ "''■'■''''' 

Dr. Stewart came in the other day, looked at the bird and said: "Can he 
sing?" I said. "Sure, he can sing." _ ... ... ., 

"Can he cuss?" „ ■^.>^ ■'■■''■■>■•'". ^ .''■■^■•-. 

"No, certainly no," I replied. * ^ '.^ 

"Is he deaf?" asked the doctor. 

Now. Isn't that a nice way to talk about me and my bird? 

But I will say one thing for Ada Mae Weeks, who sent the bird to me; 
she was wise in selecting a canary instead of a parrot. 

Irvin Cobb came in one day last week and asked me how I felt. I told 
him I had a pain in my abandon. (I stole that from Tom Ryan's act.) 
He said. "Well, then, that means you are sick all over. How's the back," 
he inquired. I told him if I put my hand on both of my pains at once. 
I would be doing a sailor's hornpipe. While he was here E. F. Albee 
came in. 

"Can I drop you some place?" he inquired of Mr. Cobb. 

"No, thanks, I am just getting over the last drop I had some place." 
retorted the gentleman from Paducah. 

"Oh, come on. Take a ride in my Ford," urged Mr. Albee. The funny 
part of it was that the man who thinks nothing of building a $5,000,000 
theatre drives down here in a Ford. Mr, Cobb and he left the hospital 
in it. What do you suppose Henry Ford would give for a picture of 
those two in his car? 

If the chiropractor who wrote me protesting my article of week before 
last and wanting his letter printed wants any advertising in this paper, 
he must call ui/ Bryant 8153 and ask for the advertising rates. I know 
all about those space-stealing stunts. I invented half of them. 

I owe nothing to any chiropractor or their society, and I owe every- 
thing in the world to the theatrical profession. I even owe them for the 
bed I'm lying In, and I especially owe It to them to tell the truth when 
they ask me about my experiences with chiropractors or anyone else. 

As soon as I feel stronger I am going to write a story relating similar 
experiences of several other people that have been brought to my atten* 
tion since I have been here. 

Jack Lait wanted to send me a noiseless typewriter. But Roy Moulton 
tclKs nafi he has one and that it makes more noise than PMdlo Dunn's vest. 
He says it rattles when he Isn't even near it. - — — -^ - 

"Mussolini Demands a Quid Pro Quo. "—Headline in the New York 
"Times." ^ : *.. ■ -. 

V\\ take one of those, too — and a cup of coffee. 

ProoeodinRs for the lease of a Bopton heiress who was detained In an 
insane asylum on a certificate signed by two doctors have revealed the 
illuminating Information that anyone can be railroaded to an insane 
a.^ylum in the Htate of Massarhusctts if two physicians sign a certificate 
pronouncing them crazy. *• 

I will stay away from Boston They would lock me Up and throw away 
tlie key. 

This goes to press before Thanksgiving, so t can't tel! you about mf 
Thanksgiving dinner. 





Friday, December 1, 1922 



:^u ' ^_ 



17 Mint.; Two (Spoclal Set) 

6th Ave. 

In Feb.. 1921, according to Va- 
riety's New Act files, thia turn had 
a "8how:/T" at the Kedzie, Chi- 
cago, and was there reviewed by 
Its author. Jack Lalt. The only 
thing to ponder over is whether Mr. 
Lait really thought the skit was as 
good as , he stated. For he said 
plenty. And if imagination is nec- 
essary, as they claim it is. in repor- 
torial work, that guy Lait Is over- 
board with it. But a nice boy, and 
one of our esteemed check-paying 
luncheon companions. However, if 
he gets a flash at this notice, it 
looks as if we'll pay our own checks 
from now on — and like it. Hence. 
Charlie, if this gets by the "old 
boy' — E Plurlbus Unum and start 

To describe the sketch we take, 
TerbatJm, the author's own words — 
•*The title is 'qost-to-Cost' and is 
In four episodes, each staged In 
a little arc of a skillfully draped 
curtain. The first is spring at 
Pasadena, the second la summer at 
Bar Harbor, the third is fall at 
French Lick, and fourth Is winter 
at Palm Beach. (Knowing Chicago 
thoroughly, this boio covers a lot 
©f territory.) 

In the first the man is a night 
clerk, in the second the manager. 
In the third the proprietor and in 
the fourth a retired millionaire 
tourist, cussing at the indignities 
▼Isited on him by clerlk.s. managers 
and proprietors. The woman is a 
resort hound who finds a season- 
able spa for each shift In the 
weather. Novelty (2) slides between 
the scenes help carry the idea and 
get individual laughs. 

Far be It from the author to 
converse about himself, but he 
modestly stated in his notite of his 
Qwn act. the dialog is the brightest 
he ever turned out, and quoted 
middle west i^anagers to verify 
that statement. All of which may 
be. We don't doubt the veracity of 
the gentleman, but we're here to 
state the identical dialog failed to 
wake up anybody in the Fifth Ave- 
nue last Thursday afternoon, with 
the only noticeable laughter coming 
in the initial scene and closing 
speech of the man. The subject of 
which was something new — mar- 

To tefer, again, to the father of 
the playlet, he mentions gaiety in 
the form of songs and danccff in- 
cluded in the routine. 'Tis not so 
Sow and mayhaps 'twould not be 
Mffslde for the fair lady and gent to 
iwert back to the alleged mirth 
supplied by melody and the art of 

And no matter what the Chicago 
reviewer may think of this act or 
what he wrote about it, the way the 
act played at the Thursday matinee 
le no credit to the author or the 
players. It lacked the essential 
•nap that a cross-fire of this type 
Cies without, the dialog failed to 
eonnect for anything resembling a 
solid laugh and both the man and 
woman evidenced a moat half- 
hearted enthusiasm in delivering. 

It may be that difference be- 
tween New York and Chicago, or 
blame it on the author's Imagina- 
tion — but, same time tomorrow, 
Jack? Skiff. 

"Swank" (Comedy) 
14 Mins.; One 
Alhambra, London. ' 

London, Nov. 14. 

Dorothy Minto, of legit and musi- 
cal comedy fame, and Claude Beer- 
bohm have a smart little cross-talk 
akit called "Swank." written by 
Roland Pertwee. It gives them 
splendid opportunities for the crea- 
tion of cockney characterizations. 

Scene is suppo-sed to be in Hyde 
Park. London, with the young man 
flirting with t*e girl seated on a 

Both pretend to be much more 
than they really are. In the end it 
develops they are employed in the 
same department store, in minor 

In the hands of less competent 
artists, the Interest in the duolog 
would hardly be sustnined, nor Is 
the theme new in the .States. 


Piano and Songs 
16 Mins.; One 
Lotw's State 
; A man and woman singing and 
!^ piano team presenting a neat little 
routine fitted for the email time 
houses. Neither is particularly 
strong vocally, althoup:h the man has 
the more powvrful voioo. There is a 
medley opening. f#>r.owcd by lan 
operatic bit, after which the two 
• solo and double for the finish. The 
■lan also plays 'cello. 

A neat, dressy pair who will fit In 
%n Bfiost small time bills. Fred. 

Comedy, Talk, Songs, Dances 
15 Mint.; One 

Gordon Dooley and Martha Mor- 
ton, the youngsters of each of the 
famous theatrical families, recently 
married, and are now in a two-act 
that will bring additional prestige 
to the Dooley-Morton clans. 

Martha is sweetly clever and 
makes an ideal foil for Gordon 
Dooley's famed knockabout comedy 
and neck-breaking falls. The turn 
is cleverly routined, showing Mar- 
tha in two fetching costume changes 
and allowing her ample scope to 
sell the dances that seem a heritage 
of all of the Mortons. 

Gordon Dooley wa.? never funnier 
than in this turn. Opening with a 
double song, the pair flash a dance 
in which Gordon cuts loose a couple 
of his funny falls, starting the 

A comedy song and dance next 
by Gordon, while Martha is chang- 
ing to short skirts for a song and 
dance solo that she puts over with 
a bang. An interruption bit follows. 
Martha atteippting a ballad with 
Gordon breaking it up with gags and 
comedy bits. A dive over the foot- 
lights to a neck-stand atop of the 
piano was a thriller in this portion. 

Another funny touch was Gordon 
alluding to their recent marriage, 
winding up with "Didn't your old 
man raise hell?" accompanied by a 
slap on her back, for which he gets 
a receipt in the shape of a punch 
in the jaw that sent him reeling 
into a series of falls. Gordon as a 
"dame" joins Martha in a comedy 
song and dance that goaled them. 

The pair and act can write their 
own ticket. Con. 

•*Over the Hills" 
Full Stage (Special Set) 
58th Street. 

Louise Carter has shown vaude- 
ville some excellent sketches in the 
past. Her mother role in this one 
is on par with former attainments. 
It speaks volumes for her ability, 
as the playlet is ultra-dramatic and 
emacks of th^ cheap mellers of a 
decade ago. 

Before the softest kind of an audi- 
ence. Miss Carter had to rise to her 
sublimest heights to keep them from 
giggling during the emotional mo- 
ments. It would require a wizard of 
situation and dialog to tell convinc- 
ingly the story of the rube sheriff 
who auctions off the old lady's fur- 
niture to pay the vil'age usurer his 
pound of flesh, saved mt the last 
minute by the appeainince of a 
young lawyer, who is a friend of her 
long-lost son. 

The story is one of the oldest 
themes of the hacks and gains noth- 
ing in the treatment by Edgar Allen 
Woolf. The return of the lawyer 
instead of the son may pass as a 
new version of an old book, but a 
small-time audience had hard work 
taking any of its dramatics serious- 
ly. It is more to be kidded than 
criticized, and that also goes for the 
borrowed title. 

The lead and support deserve a 
much worthier vehicle. Con. 

''DON CARLOS" (3) 


33 Mins.; Interior 

Scala, London. 

London. Nov. 14. 

Preceding the screening of "Blood 
and Sand" at the Scala. the manage- 
ment endeavors to get the audiences 
Into the atmosphere of the picture 
by presenting a "powerful short 
play," the scene of whlct^ is laid in 
Spain. It waa written by Chester 
Bailey Femald, who achieved fame 
years ago as the author of the sen- 
sationally successful Chinese piece, 
"The Cat and the Cherub." The 
cast waa recruited from the ranks 
of British film players. 

A middle-aged Spanish man of 
noble birth, having frittered away 
his wealth, is reduced to practical 
poverty. He goes on a three weeks' 
drunken debauch, leaving his beau- 
tiful daughter to starve. The son of 
an old friend of the girl's father has 
"an affair" with the girl. When the 
curtain rises he Is bidding her good 
bye, explaining he cannot marry her 
as he could not bring so degenerated 
an Individual as her father into his 
social set. He offers the girl money 
and so on. She scorns the money 
and says she will kill herself, as she 
cannot live without her lover. Father 
comes home, is apprised of the sit- 
uation, and takes poison to eliminate 
the barrier between his daughter 
and her lover. What Is evidently 
intended to be brought out is that, 
low as the father had sunk In the 
social scale, he was still a noble- 
man, capable of the supreme sacri- 
fice for his child's happiness. 

Told In about 15 minutes, the 
sketch would have been far more 
effective. Every Situation, in its 
present form, can be readily antici- 
pated through being planted many 
minutes in advance by dialog. The 
three players are Campbell Gullan 
in tha role of Don Carlos; Charles 
Barrett as the lover, and Pauline 
Peters as the girl. The role of Don 
Carlos offers fine opportunities for 
dignified declamation and is capably 
handled by Mr. Gullan. Miss Peters 
is also competent to the lesser de-^ 
mands put upon her, while Mr. 
Barrett, as the lover, was atrocious 
at the opening performance. Jolo. 



8 Mins.; Two (Special Drop) 


"The Spider's Web" Is probably 
the billing of the Earles. the drop 
indicating a web. the principals ap- 
pearing in its center after an open- 
ing is made sufficiently large for 
them to exhibit their routine. 

The pair, in white tights, offer 
some rather nifty trapeze stunts as 
well as rope balancing, ending with 
a combination^ whirl around the 
horizont.'U bar. All the work Is 
performed upon a platform elevated 
from the stage proper. 

It's a rather nov.?t manner of in- 
troducing nuch a -specialty, some- 
thing away from the ordinary and 
something that places them In a di- 
vision by themselves. Rather unique 
to see a "dumb"' act nowadays with 
something original to work around. 
They went over big. Wynn. 


Talk and Songs 
9 Mins.; One 
23d St. 

The old style monologlst, song, 
talk, song and talk, here a parody 
sandwirhed in on "Alice's Blue 
Gown." Perry sounds as though 
he mipht have been English or came 
from Iho west. He first sing.: about 
hi.s mixtd-up family, so mixed ho 
can't identify himself, then talks 
about his father for quite a long 
while. an<l after the parody, with 
some more talk, sings a "Say Good- 
bye " number. Of fair appearance. 

Probably all right for the small 
time around here, as some of the 
father stuff Is sure-fire for those 


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jewell-fauli,:ner co. 


12 Mins.; Full Stage (Special Set) 


This is Mme. Jewell of mani- 
kin fame, aided by Faulkner, a man, 
in the .manipulation of the little 
figures. In this, the manikins are 
worked on af small platform, set 
before a backing of a house with 
windows. Impressions of "Bringing 
Up Father," "Mutt and Jeff" and 
a number ^ of picture fltar». the 
figures representing the principals 
worked in the inimitable Jewell 
fashion to great results. 

A baseball diamond Is next shown 
with catcher, batter and umpire 
represented In action, the man add- 
ing dialog from back of the scenes. 
At the conclusion the drop parts to 
reve'al Mme. Jewell handling the 
strings from atop the small stage. 

It's a novelty as it iklways has 
been, away from the usual closing 
act and right up to the Jewell 
standard of former years, which 
says suflflcient. Wynn. 

ALEX. PATTY and CO. (1) 


12 Mins.; Full 

5th Ave. 

Straight Juggling routine with 
the woman acting as assistant but 
taking no part in the actual work. 
The man handles the usual props, 
plates, clubs, billial*d cues and 
balls. His best is done from a 
headstand. Other than that there 
was too much missing while per- 
forming the tricks. 

For a finish the headstand is re- 
peated and jumped down a flight of 
stairs. It was the most noteworthy 
bit, retained from his former act, 
and received just apreciation. Minus 
the super amount of "muffing" the 
act should shape up as an accept- 
able opener. Skiff. 


Ring Act 

6 Mint.; Full Stage 

Man and woman. A basket of 
flowers temporarily hides the rings, 
suspended from center ceiling. 
Adorned In artists' costumes they 
go through a short routine, the girl 
later appearing In black tights. She 
has a stunning figure and looks 
particularly pretty. The man per- 
forms some feats on a loop sus- 
pended from her neck. 

The finish Is a great /ash, the 
pair doing a whirl around a If ,.- 
zontal trapeze placed through the 
rings. Interlocking themselves for 
the twist. It earned them more 
than the usual applause granted 
openere. . . ' ■ Wj/nn. 

Songs and Dances 
14 Mina; Thre« 
23d St. 

The Watson Twins and Jenkins, a 
man, In songs and dances, the latter 
predominating, with the girls chang- 
ing for each number. The Watsons 
are of brunet type that might be 
considered attractive by some, pretty 
by others. Both are capable step- 
pers, but not over-supplied vocally. 
The man Introduced the ac^ with a 
lyric, followed by the girls' appear- 
ance, whereupon the trio dance. 

The drop carried a lattice door In 
the center. ci;-udely built, through 
which they pass to make their 
changes. In view of the audience. 
This is another crude Idea, looks all 
wrong and should be drdi)pedk A 
maid aids In the dressing. This de- 
tracts fi-om the man's number, and 
since the girls do nothing more than 
the changes, there Is no pictorial 
value to the scheme. 

A medley of dances, the girls al- 
ternating in Texas Tommy, minuet, 
fox trot, jazz dances and a trio, with 
the man a Frisco imitation, is the 
best of the lot. It's a. small time 
turn, and even for that should im- 
prove in Its method of delivery. 





20 Mine.; full stage (special eye) . 

' Flanked on all sides by competi- 
tion, not only in names, but In 
genuine musical talent, Harry Stod- 
dard, late of Shanley's restaurant, 
brings his orchestra along for its 
vaudeville introduction at the 
Broadway this week. Stoddard has 
nine members, Jn full stage within 
a cyc^sing the card and easel sys- 
tem OT announcement. 

Perhaps Mr. Stoddard tarried a 
trifle, but if his Broadway show- 
ing Is to decide, this combination 
will fit in nicely in the big time 
orchestra list, for It's among the 
best aggregations of musicians, con- 
sidering its size, that have come 
along to date. Stoddard leads at 
the piano and aside from one num- 
ber, the "MedltHtion" from "Thaiis," 
his repertoire is of popular song and 
instrumental numbers. His members 
double on several instruments, the 
banjoist, aided by the violinist and 
^x in the encore, gathering the best 
returns when he introduces the uke. 

There Is no pause between selec- 
tions, and the ensuing harmohy Is 
plainly from thorough training. 
Golden "props" give the affair a 
neat touch and aids in the picture 
The sax player broke the routine by 
vocalizing a chorus, otherwise It's 
just a straight musical program. 

Stoddard can mark his name right 
up with the best, for he satisfiea 
His act stopped the show dead 
still at the Broadway without any 
jockeying and they were forced to 
render two encores and then black 
out the stage amid a torrent of ap- 

This outfit looked destined for a 
big time run if the band thing holds 
up. Wynn. 



14 Mins.; Two (Spscial 8«t) 

23d St. 

Back in the metropolis with brand 
new character numbers, offered 
with appropriate changes, Joseph- 
ine Davis, a bannvr vaudeville at- 
traction Just a few short years 
back, now has a specialty that car- 
ries numerous opportunities which 
for some unexplalnable reason such 
a clever show woman tm Miss Davis 
overlooks. She works In a dark 
eye, th^ center of which carries a 
massive album cover, from which 
she appears and exits during a 
number of Intermissions. 

A male pianist accompanies, open- 
ing with an Introductory lyric, well 
built and reasonably 'well delivered. 
This chap, first of all, could disc .rd 
j the cheek beard, for they arc out ' 
of fashion for this type of spe' alty,* 
Four characters are intrr .need, 
the first being the old fc hloned- 
glrl of yesterday, with a special 
number probably titled "Pon't You 
Remember." The second ."3 a tough 
girl, costumed as the B wery typar' 
of the late 'SOs, which carries It a»- 
bit back for the preser: generation. 
A Jewish girl comes next and the' 
final, a "wop" In t -Idal costume. 
The Initial lyric Ir. ' far too long. 
This gives Miss Dr vis a slow starts 
One verse and a f .>g chorus would 
suffice, for the number lacks 
strength and Is .nerely an opener 
that should be r snstructed to glv^rii' 
the audience an idea of what foU* 
lows. The tovgh girl lyric is aT 
weakling. Here is a type that couldl 
be nourished In great shape, but- 
the costume handicaps and the lyri^^- ' 
' cripples it. V.hy not dress it jusit 
»a little fly, neat, up to date and a* 
trifle exaggerated, accompanied fiyj*" 
a flapper or fast chorus girl num^l^ 
her? The Jewish number was clev», 
erly handled and br-ught results,^ 
but tho closing number carried th«y 
act to what heights of success it ^ 
attained. J„ 

Miss Davis looks good, quite as 
good as ever, and her voice for this 
sort of act is right up to snuff. Buto 
she needs new numbers. With heiP^ 
ability as a chahacterlste MisSjt^ 
Davis Is expected to show far bet-.*, 
ter stage material than she is of-v;,, 
ferlng. For this girl is a big tiraerr 
and should stay there, but to returatf 
she will need something more sub- • 
stantlal^ than the current reper- 
toire. Wynn, 

Trapeze and Contortion 
10 Mins.; Full Stage 
Colonial ^ 

This act opens with a man In 
devil attire performing on trapeze. 
Antlnteresting and difficult series of 
aerial dislocations and contortions 
starts the act well. 

The girl good looking and beauti- 
fully formed, ei\ter8 for some 
ground contortions. The man de- 
scends for some excellent serpentine 
stuff on tho carpet. They finish 
with twin wrlthlngs on separate 
chairs. A scat atop a wobbly -look- 
ing pyramid of tin cans by the man 
got applause. 

They have unusual appearance 
for ilils tj.)e of act. both being per- 
fect physical specimens, intelligent- 
iy and tastefully costumed in black 
and silver striped tights. It's a big 
time opener or closer, away from 
the usual. (7^„ 

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Comedy Variety 
14 Mins.; 0ns / 

Mth St. 

Tramp comedian In tattered 
clothes, crownlesH straw hat and 
turned up big shoo.''. A slender 
brunet in knickers does the stralght- 
Ing for his opening crossfire, which 
contains some excellent fly material. 

He monologs next, while she 
changes to bc^coming dreps and re- 
turns for piano accordeon and vocal 
rendition of "Gypsy Love," followed 
by a modify of popular airs, to 
which he docs an eccrntric dnnce 
and a .Spanish travesty with comedy 
props and a can containing objects 
which he rattU-s in lieu of ca.stincts. 

Both are capable artists and have 
a sure-fire vehicle and routine for 
the pop bills. ^c^: 


Talk and Songs *^ - '■ 

12 Mins.; One (Special Drop) 
23d St. 

Man and woman In "one" before 
a special drop with two openings, 
one the entrance to a garage; the 
other the entrance to servants* 
quarters of the house. The man !•* 
the chauffeur, the girl a housemaid^ 
both in appropriate uniform!*. 

There Is a routine of flirtation 
patter leading up to a comedy mar- 
riage proposal, ensuing talk about 
arrangement.*?, etc.. Interrupted by 
a song by the chap, while the girl 
makes a change. A double number 
is utilized for the finale. 

It is a specialty with a flrst class 
framework, two capable principals, 
an exceptionally good vaudevilla 
voice (the man's) and all the prop- 
erty essentials to a big time oflfer-r 
Ing, minus material and careful 

The cross-fire talk has been hand- 
picked from here and there and the 
majority has long since lost its 
stage value. Such stuff as, "He 
died from sore throat, they hung 
him." "If the wife takes a bath 
without shades, the neighbor."* will 
buy the shades." have no place In 
this routine. And the reference to 
the fly In the soup Is too rough". 
The man makes a fairly good "wop" 
and the girl a good feeder, pretty 
and full of life. They should con- 
sult a script doctor and strengthen 
their turn with some bright, new 
material. Then they may qyalify 
for big time attention. Wynn. 



5 Mins.; Full Stags 


A male acrobatic team which 
doubtle.'^s has been around for some 
time, althouRh the present billing 
appears to be new. They work In 
clown white face, sporting blacks, 
satin nicker.s and socks. The rou- 
tine is tumbling and head to head 

The feature rtunts arp hnad 
head. In one trirk the top mounter 
strums a mandolin while the under- 
stander and third member manipu- 
late small hoop5 bctw(*<E»n them. For 
tho finale the men are in V \y same 
relative positions, the topmounter 
catrhlnc; a flock of hoops with hi* 
feet. It Is an exceptional bit. As 
a closer for three-a-day the trio 
^01^ as here. Jhrr, 

Friday, December 1, 1922 



l.t 1 T 

Lift Act , 

t Mln«.| Four (Parlor) 
t3d St. 

Two men opening In golflng sutU 
that look very new, and in a parlor. 
■•t. There is a severe storm going 
on, according to the effects, but after 
the meh look out of the window, 
■without saying anything to the audi- 
ence or each other, the storm sub- 
aides. Then they do a couple of lift 
tricks, and after those they remove 
their coats. And after that they 
do some more lift tricks, one or 
two new twists among the familiars. 
And then for the finish they do the 
Begal and Moore Jumping up som- 
ersault with the bearer catching 
the flier by the heels. It was a 
good trick when Regal and Moore 
first did it and it Ftill is a good 
trick for whoever can do it. 

The only oddity here is that the 
understandor of the lift work be- 
comes the flier of the aerial trick, 
and the top mounter for the lifts 
Is the bearer, 'suapending himself 
from a trapeze concealed in lamp 
shade high up on the stage. 

Will go along on the small time 
through the linUshing trick, but need 
to pad out their turn to make It 
long enough to be in demai. ' for 
small time, v.hore they m<»asure by 
the yard In.stead of by ability. 
• ^ - ... 8lme. 


Piano, Songs and Dances 
16 Mins.; Full Stage (Special Sat) 

Two men and a woman, In full 
stage within a special eye. A piano 
is utilized to adv.intaRe, one of the 
male members opening with a song 
at the instrument, followed by the 
other couple dancing. The male 
dancer does a corking Kiissian 
acrobatic routine that calls for In- 
dividual comment, while the girl's 
toe dancing and general leg work are 
of the very best. She is pretty, 
graceful, splendidly built and ex- 
ceptionally agile. The pianist has 
a novel solo to (ill in the change; 
a sort of alibi lyric, continually 
apologizing for his activity. It's 
one of the oddities of the season. 
Team and solo work are completed 
by the trio dancing the Anale. 

The turn has been cleverly 
routined and the girl adds some 
Taluable heft by her splendid work. 

This combination measures up to 
big time expectations and should 
make the connection Immediately 
Da their Broadway results. 



6toH«« and Songs 
16 MlM.1 One 

Kally is back east with a 
ltln« of stories, all of Celtic 
few having preceded him, 
t>Bt , 9^ the whole all welcome, 
faultlessly delivered and productive 
of Individual "wows" each and 
every one. 

And Kelly, despite the years, still 
retains his Beau Brummel appear- 
ance, showing little physical or 
facial change since the days of 
Kelly and Violette of "Fashion 
Plate" fame during the days of 

Mr. Kelly open.s with an Irish 
ditty and proceeds right through his 
repertoire of stories, closing with 
"Lucky Jim" and exhibiting an un- 
usually strong and musical voice. 

Qood stories are always sure-fire 
In vaudeville when properly told. 
Kelly knows the art and has all the 
accompanying essentials that go 
with the delivery. He had them 
roaring at the Broadway, his 
mugging heli)ing immeasurably. He 
can't mis.s here or anywhere. 



Talk and Songs ) 

14 Mine.; One (Special Drop) 

Classy singing and talking act, the 
talking predominating in quantity 
and build around an Interesting 
little story that allows plenty of 
scope for good pointed dialog. 

Kelso Is a seasoned vaudevilllan, 
one wise to all the intricate tricks 
permissible before the apron and 
he passes no single opportunity In 
this skit. Miss DeMonde Is a strik- 
ing brunet, who exhibits unusual 
sense in dre.'^aing. 

A cloth drop depicts the exterior 
of a bungalow. Kelso Is an attorney 
calling to foreclose a mortgage. The 
girl goes through the conventional 
flirtation business and the talk un- 
folds a series of continuous laughs. 
The catch line has to do with 
"fathers secretary" and Is utilized 
for the finish, where, after prac- 
• cally winnni? the girl he learns 
"father's secie'ary" is her hu.sband. 
This is preceded by a fast dance, the 
young woman showing unusual 
agllHy, an attractive form and a 
flash of real big time speed. 

It's away above the average dou- 
ble act of its kind and should gain 
big time attention. They scored an 
unquestionable hit at the 5th Ave- 
nue. Wynn. 


Henry P. Dixon's Shube«rt vaudeville unit. 
Music and lyrlca by Vnughn da I<eath and 
Harold here. At the Central, New York. 
Nov. 27. Dan I>ody credited with revua 
dance starlns. Vaudeville acta: Billy Pur- 
rella and Kvelyn Kamaay, Three Chuma. 
Bayonna Whipple and Walter Iluaton. Claire 
l»ovln»'. aiM*u»i»'(l by lOiliot Jiiolii; «!torKe 
Mayo, Ralph lUggn and Katharine WItchie, 
with Mack Ponch, vlolinitit. Adriitlonal 
principala In the revue: Packey Callahan, 
Rthel Roiie, Juse Carter, Buck I.eo, PUU 
Doian, Tom Morriaon. Tubby Uarroo. 




20 Mint.; Full (Special) 

Comedy playlet, around the tri- 
angle pre.«?ented by a company of 
four, equally divided as to sex. The 
skit is surrounded by a parlor set 
in drapes with a special drop of 
similar material fronting. 

At times the sketch script calls' 
for what practically amounts to a 
monolog by Miss Heme. It Is on 
the subject of how the boys will 
chase the girls whether tied up or 
not. It's in a comedy vein and while 
gaining more or less laughter, is 
nevertheless somewhat tedious. 

The cast boasts of nothing above 

JudglniT from previous reports 
Shubert vaudeville has been more or 
less of a bust generally. Keith's 
Palace, New York, directly opposite 
the Central, has not been given 
much cause for worry through com- 
petition, yet it will be interesting to 
compare this week's takings at both 
houses. "Midnlte Revels" is good 
eiinTUJinmem, and wjie'. iier the av- 
erage patron would rather pay $1.65 
for an orcliestra chair at the I'alace 
or $2.20 at the Central Is open to 
conjecture. As a matter of fact, 
however, "Midnite Kevels" more 
nearly approaches musical comedy 
extravaganza in some respects, and 
the comparison as concerns this unit 
is somewhat inconsistent, particu- 
larly as concerns the afterpiece. 

Whipple and Huston's "Time Will 
Tell," which has played Keith and 
Orpheum vaudeville, has been in- 
geniously strung out as the theme 
of the revue section, carrying the 
action through a number of scenes, 
concluding with a "while slave in 
Chinatown," set in the dungeon of 
Low Down Ciuy, with Claire Devine 
as the beautiful white slave captive. 
Walter Huston as Sherlock Holmes 
conducts the captive's sister (Bay- 
onne Whipple) to the dungeon. ' 
Watson, liolmes explains, is the 
father of the Watson Sisters (last 
week at this house in "Stolen 

The revue section is In nine 
Hcenes, in two of which George Mayo 
doubles in "one," with Claire Devine 
and Kvelyn Kamsay In turn. Sam 
Morris is credited with the author- 
pii.p of boUi turns -which depend 
cons Verabiy on Mn^ o's Hebrew low 
comedy work to click. 

The olio section Is pretty smooth 
vaudeville considering the lack of 
"names." Billy Purcella and Evelyn 
Ramsay start what develops to be 
a dnnce marathon, with some cork- 
ing buck-and-wing stepping. Dance, 

the average, though the role of the 

brother was made to predominate ^^a"';^^/^*"^^ Is the word thereafter 

K,. *u^* «„^..i„.. ««^i.,-^..«i until the final curtain, 11:20. While 

by that particular Individual. »»..,. „^ i„ „„ ,.., ..i..- .'# tu^ » ^ «« 

by that partlcula 

The act did nicely at an afternoon 
showing and should fulfill its mis- 
sion of amusing throughout the 

there is an overplus of tlie terps in 
sum total it has i>een skillfully a: - 
ranged and does not bore. The Three 
Chums handled their vocal offerings 

smaller houses. Especially so if the nicely in their clubby atmosphere, 
running time, 20 minutes, were to i '^'h«,. ^V'hipple-Hu.ston ''l^nJon Bur 

be abbreviated. 


B'mglng and Talking 
12 Mins.! One 

Two men and woman, straight 
maa. comic and soubret. Talking 
bit With remindful of bur- 
iMquc The old badger game with 
ft tomewhat different twist starts 
the act. F«)llowlnK, the three get 
down to liusines.s for the meat and 
put over some of the pleasanteat 
close harmony luard around in a 
long time. Each of the three has a 
real singing voice, and blend per- 

The straight has appoaranre and 
handles talk above th<' average. 
Comlo does a sort of modified boot 
type and gets laughs without forc- 
ing them. Woman is a looker and 
handles talk and business very well. 
Ths comedy preceding the .«in«ing 
could be grently Iniprovud and 
padded out with i)ett( r niateri;tl. 

An excoii,.Mt turn as It stands for 
the nelghborht.od houses, with tal- 
ent that would send them ahead 
with a rush, with th«« comedy im- 
provement mentioned. , . 




12 Mins.; Full Stags 

Man and woman, apparently re- 
cruits from a Russian dajpcing turn, 
in a series of doubles and singles 
usually associated with the Russ 
acts. Double for opening with both 
in wintery skating costumes. This 
introduces some skating steps. 
Double Russ folk dance next. Man 
singles with whirls and pirouettes, 
while woman changes costume. 
Woman In Russ hock stepping tof 
single, followed by man In some leg 
Over leg stuff and more hock step- 
ping. Change of costume by man 
for latter single. 

Double for finish, man pirouet- 
ting on one foot and woman doing 
familiar foot and leg gymnastics. 
Fair dancing turn of the ultra con- 
ventional sort. Acceptable as small 
time openers. 


Songs and Talk 
18 Mins.; one 
Golden Gate 

San Francisco, Nov. 29. 

Dryden enters to make some In- 
troductory talk concerning his goat- 
gland baby followed by Atwell who 
appears on a toy tricycle attired as 
the infant. Following some more 
Introductory conversation Atwell 
goes Into a goat -gland song that 
offends as much as it entertains. 

The next entrance has Atwell In 
a wheelchair with Dryden as the 
attendant. The former offers talk 
to some appreciative laughter, 
thence suceeded by his famous 
bug song with verses galore. Too 
many. In fact. 

The act failed to get over and 
the characters assumed by Atwell 
seemed to detract more than any- 
thing elne. Wlih their present ma- 
terial the couple would do better if 
working straight. 


12 Mint. Full Stage 

Mixed ^;(^\let of niUMirlana opening 
\yilh 8axt)plior.e nieilley of popular 
.song.H. One in blackface goes after 

) glar" skit was a comedy high-light 
which fitted In nicely. The twist at 
the finish, with the burglar's victim 
In the dentist chair and her nitrous 
oxide dream-burglar metamorphosed 
as the dentist performing the molar 
extraction was a surprise twist. 

Claire Devine bill.s herseK jis t*"^ 
"statuesque comedienne." She Is all 
of the former, a great big, iH-auuiui 
blonde girl. The comedienne end Is 
somewhat discounted by her reten- 
tion of the "Rex Beach summer 
resort" crack, although her bon mot 
anent "Schubert's Serenade" is for- 
givable wherein she brags she knows 
the two boys who wrote it quite 
well, Jake and Lee. "My Man" 
takes lisr off in full dramatic climax, 
the best ("hing of her routine. El- 
liot Jacob! piano accompanies in- 
telligently and does straight in 
some of the gagging effectively. 

George Mayo's low comedy "fun- 
o-logue" Is effective In its ingrati- 
ating shifting from point to point 
for interest sustaining. He flits 
from one comedy vein to another, 
now versifying, now gagging, next 
singing, then clowning, never pro- 
longing any one Idea unduly. 

Ralph RIggs and Katherlne 
Witchle closed the olio with as top- 
py a dance act as has ever graced 
any stage, vaudeville or production. 
The team has made Its mark too 
often in musical comedy to neces- 
sitate mention of its adaptability in 
that direction. In execution, evo- 
lution and presentation Riggs and 
WItchie have no dance peers. 

The afterpiece discloses a rather 
flat looking chorus which could be 
shown to better advantage with the 
nice costuming and mounting. 
Their slightness suffers by contrast 
to the several Amazonian show- 
girls. General tallness was proba- 
bly aimed for, with little considera- 
tion for t^ymmetry. 

This is the first Shubert unit 
reviewed by the under.signed, but. 
judging fr{>m intensive study of 
Variety's national reviews as they 
have come into the New York olllcc, 
this probably more nearly ap- 
proarhr.s the Shubert unit Ideal than 
anything yet noticed. The dreailcd 
and adver.sely burlefl«iue coinpai i.^'on. 
doubtlessly an odious parallel to the 
unit produrrrs, is attsent here, al- 
though the bit and number ide.i in 
rare spot.^ rcmlni.scrs of biirlesquc. 
The olio Is honest vaudeville in its 
fullest sense and the revue lean.'; 
ratbor more to the musical romedy 
extra\aganza side than burle.sque. 

The first week of the Colonial 
under the booking direction of 
Johnny Collins augurs well for the 
house. A nine-act vaudeville bill 
laid out like a fairway on a golf 
course Is as smooth as pre-war 
Scotch. The show built up like a 
pyramid with a leaning toward 
comedy. It was a perfect blend of 
vaudeville entertainment that 
pleased the three-quarter capacity 
crowd Monday. 

A slight rearrangement after the 

matinee moved Harry Burns and Co. 

up from after Intermission to No. 8. 

replacing Stephens and Hollister, 

who were billed but not present. 

Swift and Kelly moved up one notch 
Into the vacancy. 

The rearrangement proved o. k. 
Burns stopped the show In the early 
spot with his familiar, "wop" and 
musical turn. The act is a mixture 
of hoke and sure-fire musical in- 
strument playing, topped off with a 
Gallagher and Shean song imitation. 

The show started well, with the 
De Marios (New Acts), a corking 
trapeze and contortion pair, shoving 
off. Rule and O'Brien, second, tore 
off three popular songs, then landed 
them with "That's How You Can 
Tell They Are Irish" before a sym- 
pathetic audience. Another encore 
^-as demanded, the boys doing a 
fast 13 minutes and leaving them 

After Burns came "Janet of 
France." The French girl got to 
them early with her dialectic liber- 
ties with American slang. Tommy 
Tucker, at the piano, also straighted 
and sang. Neither was in good 
voice, which may be blamed on the 
weather. The crossfire and Intense 
love making of the girl were good 
for laughs and landed them safely. 

Gordon Dooley and Martha Mor- 
ton (New Acts) were fifth and 
scored one of the hits of the seaHon. 
Bobby McLean and Co., the cham- 
pion ice skater, closed the first half. 
McLean's act is preceded by a pic- 
ture showing his championship 
match in Norway. At the end of 
the picture Gordon Dooley staggered 
out with a pair of skates strapped 
on him. He addres.sed the house, re- 
marking that he was going to prac- 
tise a few epileptic strokes. Mc- 
Lean followed with his chair Jump- 
ing specialty and speed demonstra- 
tion. Between them Burke and Blue 
did some fancy skating that caught 
on. It's an interesting novelty and 
was spotted just right here. 

After intermission and topics a 
real novelty for vaudeville was pre- 
sented, though unprogramed. It 
was '"Motlon-Muslc," a mechanical 
piano, playing a record by Rudolph 
Ganz. A picture of the musician 
playing perfectly synchronized with 
the record so that the fingering 
technique could be followed much 
better than during a physical con- 
cert, was one of the interesting fea- 
tures. The house sat spellbound, 
following every move of the photo 
while a spot light was trained on the 
piano off to one side. The novelty 
holds extraordinary possibilities for 

Swift and Kelly followed In "Gum 
Drops" and copped. The artistic 
little crossfire idea followed all of 
the blatant rough comedy and 
scored strongly. Miss Kelly's sweet 
personality and Tom Swift's clean- 
cut facetious comedy made an ap- 
pealing combinajtlon. The double 
song at the finish and Miss Kelly's 
solo were high lights. They ran to 
a speech. 

The Four Mortons, next to clos- 
ing, got on about 10.28 and did 29 
minutes. Clara iClorton replaces 
Martha, and did her singing and 
musical specialty, topped off by a 
buck dance to her own piano ac- 
companiment. An old-time song 
and dance at the finish In silk coats 
and bowlers looked new. Gordon 
Dooley and Martha walked In on the 
act for some clowning and kidding 
about the recent nuptials. The Mor- 
tons were their usual panic. 

To make the walking In complete, 
the Castlllians, a posing act, closed 
with Sam Morton posing In the 
center of the bronze figures for the 
first pose. It has laugh and helped 
the poseurs to avert the walk. 

The Colonial has been a weak 
sister In the Keith family for the 
past two seasons. Judging by the 
opening bill Doctor Collins has the 
right prescription. He sent them 
home talking, and word of mouth 
advertising is all this neighborhood 
house needs. A sign thrown on the 
picture hheet announced the Colonial 
will .show the best in vaudeville. It 
pulled applause in the middle of the 
evening. C'on. 

tlon there waa also a Mutt and Jeft 
comedy and a news weekly. 

Following the Pickford picture the 
overture the orchestra played was 
composed of the hits of 1910, also 
12 years ago, and the audience 
heartily applauded such old favorites 
as "Alexander's Ragtime Band," 
"V\'altln' ftn- the Robert E. Lee," 
"Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and 

Opening the vaudeville section, 
Pickard's Seals (New Acta) got some 
applause and a few laughs. Jerome 
and France (New Acts), a mixed 
singing and piano team, got awRy to 
f.ilr returns. Cameron and 0'C#«nor 
had their old routine, almost as old 
as the Pickford picture. 

The house woke up with the ad- 
vent of "The Creole Cocktail." the 
all-colored mixed jazz and singing 
and dancing combination. That act 
was entirely to their fiklng. Kddle 
Foyer, who followed, had to wait for 
the applause to die out before ap- 
pearing. He suffered from a cold 
and was slow In getting started, but 
when he got to his routine of res- 
taurant gags he got the house, and 
the recitations held them to the fin- 
ish. Foyer Is at the house for the 
full week, headlined, as was Tan- 
guay for the entire seven days. 

Closing the show Eleanor Pierca 
and her two dancing boys pleased. 
Sight acts always do at this house, 
but Miss Pierce has two corking 
dancing boys with her, and although 
it is hard to get them In the prolog 
bit they make up for it when step« 
ping. Fred. 


iome.iy in a Tttann. r reminiscent of ff"^ and Dance 
this type of a<-t .1 decade ago. '''* '^'"» ' °"» 

125th St. f 

Nit<^. ai>pe,ir!ng ml.xrij colored 
tr-.'im in a fast sotig and d.ince rou- ] 

Popular en.senibles brokm up l-y 
a cornet and trombone nolo by the 
("ome<lian with the finish a .fpecia! 

arrangen-.tnt lirii\;;.s l.iuphs through I tine. Mi.^s Ktjfli luolcs nir<' in ah 
the "musical cro-'^.^^lirc" aimed at the | brevlated costtime and Clin'onrs j 
comedian. tux dre-^e.-j the turn up .'rn.trtiy. ' 

The .irt will d> nliv-ly for i,he Iq-lTh.^ dt"> ^''fr** sp(»tted .No. 2 ^it the. 
termediaie houses*. Con. IToih "Si. and aeon d. Abel 


The vaudeville section the first 
half got off second best, as far as 
entertainment was concerned. The 
picture Kortlon seemingly was more 
to their liking. Judging from the lit- 
{I<^ T(^turn that they gave the act.s on 
their efforts. MviiUay night the 
storm hent in a tulr'.y good-sized 
house by 7, and by 8.80 the entirg 
lower fioor was almost fiiled. 

The usual --iK acts, with ' Thelma," 
the feature picture, starring .lane 
XoN.ak. The r.ufsf.iTltUtig film feature. 
Iu)we\«'r, WAS the rj-yrr»r-i)M L'ni- i'n whic h Mary I'ickforTI Kup- 
porte.l King ItaKKot. This was a 
howl to th« .S(ate audienre, they 
laughing their hf-ads off at the titllpg, 
which "kidded the piciure. Jn add)- 


The Capitol Amusement Co. and 
Bill McCaffery held an opening 
across the river Monday night, on 
the occasion when the doors wer« 
thrown open within the new Twin 
Theatre building of Union Hill. The 
house Is unique In that the lobby 
serves Its purpose for both a vaude- 
ville and picture auditorium. That 
portion of the structure to be de- 
voted to screen offerings and named 
the State will not have Its premiere 
until Christmas day, but the blg« 
time half was formally launched on 
Its career Monday, a week beyond 
six months after the cornerstone had 
been laid. The tearing down of the 
old school building, which originally 
held the site and the erection of the 
present three-story ofilce and double 
theatre establishment consumed Just 
10 months. Which may or may not 
be a record, but is, nevertheless, 
speed. The same might bo said of 
the speakers at the premiere, one 
being Governor Edwards, who, in 
dedicating the house displaced just 
25 minutes before allowing the- pro- 
gram to get under way. Pretty fair, 
when it Is considered that there 
were half a dozen of them. 

The combined seating capacity of 
the Twins Is reported as 4,800, with 
the picture section holding 1,800 and 
the vaudeville 2,600. Done In old 
gold. Ivory and white, with a tre- 
mendous downstairs and a spacious 
balcony, the front of the house can 
hold its own with any New York 
twice-daily theatre as to appear- 
ance. The stage has a depth of 2S 
feet, with a 48 -foot opening and a 
14-plece orchestra Is installed In the 

Frank O. Hall; who has already 
sponsored a few theatres In Jersey, 
Is credited with having put this twin 
theatre project across. The money 
was raised by subscription, having 
a heralded list of 1,000 local sub- 
scribers, for which they will enter- 
tain the life-long privilege of enter- 
ing cither of the theatres free. It Is 
claimed this amusement establish- 
ment will draw from a more or less 
neighborhood population of 100,000, 
and to that effect will Inaugurate a 
nine-act split-week policy. The 
State. Jer.«<ey City, is the other half, 
outside of the initial bill, which re- 
mains for the full week. The price 
list runs 25-S5-50 at the matinees 
and 60-75-11 evening, while the 
shows are to be booked from the 
Keith oflrtces, McCaffery oflfloiating. 
Fred W. Schroeder Is resident man- 

As proverbial, the opening was life 
In getting started, due to an entirely 
Invited audience. The exact time 
was 9:30, when Lucas and Inez m.'tde 
their appearance. The enforced de- 
lay caused the elimination of liitHp- 
mission and forced much switch; tig 
of the running order. As originally 
lined up the show would have played 
with I..ucas and Inez. Dooley nnd 
Storey. (Jeorge Le Maire. Wells, Vir- 
ginia anti West, and Lopez's Orches- 
tral in the first h.ilf, with Davis .md 
Darnell, Yvette Rugel, Tom Patri- 
cola and Jo.sefsson's Icelanders in 
the latter portion. 

At that the show ran belter than 
would ordinarily be conceded und^r 
the existing circum->f ances, h.iving 
Lopez gaining the api>lauf«e hit of 
the evening Davis and Darn'dl and 
Tom Patricola were the wor.««t suf- 
ferers, due to the la t o n osn of the 
hour, though both came through to 
hold and do nicely with the specta- 
tors, who had been seated ."ince 
around 8 o'clock. 

TUc 9h'..iv iuiiloybtedly straiiirht- 
cncd out TueJjil.i/ iuJy a corking 
vaudeville entert.iirimcrif .in.T 8lv>uld 
give the house a sple?idid gctav\ay, 
nn r.incornv the .Ter"=<ey|fe5i. C^'rt 'c. - 
ly the iheitrc lt.«c;f will do a'v.'iy 
with the old ml )n Hill kuk. and th«^ 
only tiling to worry about now i< 
Just how much that nine-act, fi»:u- 
w<fk iH.I. V is noinK U>, intfvfv ^j 
With ^icCarTery's g^»f game. Sita. 


■ fc \ J 


Friday, December 1, 1922 


<AI1 koMM •v% for U« WMk wltH Monday matlcM. wHoa aot • 

TlM bUIo ^low aro vrowpod la 4lTlalon« aooordlns ta kooklac afllooa awppUoi 

Tbo maaav !• wHloft thoM bllla aro priatod 4«w aot «iaot« tka ralattT* 

iportanco of aata nor thotr p-ovram pooltlona. ^ 

• boforo aamo donotco act la dotn* n^w tora. ar raapaaarln* aftar 
TaudovUl*. or appcarint la olty wboro llatoil for tho irot tlraa. 

KEITH cmcurr 


Koith'o Falaeo 
Wm HalUsaD Co 
Dooloy * Morton 
Brown ft Wbltt'kor 
Marion Ilarrla 
Ted Lorralno Ca 
Four A COS 
Win Mahonor 
Four Uurtona 
(Ono to CU) 

XcAth'a RiTonido 

•R Hitchcock 
Rita Gould 
B«rl L^vy 
Around tho Cornor 
Frod Bradna Co 
Robort A Doffi Co 
Moore A Freed 
•Borat A Partner 
(One to flll) 

Kalth'a Boyal 
Oeo LeMaIre Co 
Ellnore A Willlami 
"Stan of Future" 
Rich Hay*« 
Meyer* A Hanaford 
Que Fowler 
Janet of Franco 
Rule A O'Brien 
The Castilllans 

KoHh'a Colonial 
Irene Franklin 
Lewis A Dody 
M Diamond Ca 
Roth Klde 
Valerie Bergere Co 
Herbert's Doga 
Joe Browning 
Joe Roberta 
Four Phil»lpa 
(Ono to Oil) 
Kelth'a Alhambim 
Ben Bernie Oo 
•Stone A Bqulroa 
Chaa Harrison Co 
Jack Joyea 
Ruth Roya 
Dooley A Morton 
Nora Jayno A Karl 
Roger Gray Co 
"Spider's Web" 

Maaa* Broadwajr 

Ceoina Weston 
Allman A Hanroy 

Shrlner A F'sa'm'as 
"Cotton Pickers" 
Four Amaranths 
(Others to nil) 

1st half (4-C) 
OeorRe Moore Co 
Davis A Darnell 
McOratb A Deeds 
Corinne A Tllton 
(Others to fill) 

3d half (7-10) 
Henry A Moore 
•Lonesome Manor 
California R'mblers 
lictler A Parker 
(Others to Oil) 
Proelar's SSd tfi. 

2d half (tO-l) 
Frank Farron 
Cook A Rosevere 
I^e A Cranston 

Seven Happy Olrls 
•Oiiiette's Village 
(One to fill) 


Rome A Qant 
R A £ Dean 
The Vivians 
(Others to All) 


Keith's BaHTiwIck 
Santos A Hayes 
Eddie Foy Co 
AI Wohlman 
Bryan A Broderick 
Edna Aug Co 
The Hartwells 
Wm Ebs 

Green & Parker 
(One to fill) 

Keith's Orphenm 
Fanny Brico 
•"Tha Weak Spot" 
Shaw A Leo 
•Jack Llttla 
Weber A Rldnor 
The Stanleys 
Tvette Rugot 
D Humphrey Co 
China Blue Plate 

Moaa' FUtbnsh 
Pressler A Klalsa 
Ona Munson Co 

Breen Family 
Meehan A Newman 
Lon Arakia 
(One to fill) 



(Btnulnffham BpUt) 

1st half 
Johnson A Baker 
Jack Hughes S 


B. F. Kelth'a 

Tost A Clady 
Jack Wilson Oa 
Lime Trio 
Walters A Waltera 
Nell A Witt 
Howard A Clarka 


105th St. 

Booking Exdunvely 


Orphenm, B. 7. Xeith (Weit- 
em) W. ▼. M. A. 

and AfRliatod Circuits 




Suit* 1313, Maoonio Tampia BIdg. 




/Dlroctloa: B. B. MARINKLLI 

Kennedy A Kramer 
Jiinmie Lucas 
Miller A Mack 
(Others to Oil) 

Moss' CoUsovm 
S Ballentine Co 
(Others to flU) 

2d half 
Patrlcola A Townes 
(Others to fill) 
Kolth's Fordham 

Patrlcola A Townes 
R A B Dean 
(Others to flll) 

2d half 
Aunt Jemima Ca 
Willie Solar 
(Others to fill) 

MoM* Franklin 
ITarry Stoddard Co 
Rome A Gaut 
Allen A Canfleld 
(UtQers to flll) 

Xd half 
•Little Cottage'.' 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's Hamilton 

Margaret A Alvarez 
l)eaBon A Mack 
Malinda A Day 
(Others to flll) 

2d half 
Plsano A Laodauer 
(Others to flll) 

Keith's Jefferson 
Johnny Muldoofl Co 
Jean Southern 
•Ring Tangle" 
Frank Work Co 
Willie Solar 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
•S Dallcntlne Co 
TIarry Mayo 

Moss* Regent 
Watts A Hawley 
LAP Murdock 
Les KelUons 
(Others to flll) 

2d half 
Harry Stoddard Co 
Paul Hill Co 
Deagon A Mack 
(Others to flll) 

Keith's 81 St St. 
"The Wager" 

Wm A J M.indel 
BAH Wheeler 
Owen McGlvney 
Becge A Qupee 
Proctor's lt5th St. 

3d half (30-3) 
•Trcno Shannon Co 
Pallfornia Ramblers 
Prince A Edwards 
McGrath A Deeds 
Robertus A Wilf'da 
(Ons to flll) 
Proctor's Mth St. 
2d half (30-3) 
Lillinn H. rno Co 
Butler A Parker 
Lydla Barry 
Follette Pearl A W 
- •Daum A Scott 
Old Vaudevllllans 

Ist half (4-i) 
Lane A Harpar 
Bandy Rhaw 
(Others to flll) 

Sd half (T-10) 
•Johnny Clark Co 
(Others to flll) 

Pra<'tor'B 6th Are. 

2d half (30-3) 
• •Tn the 8ubv/ay" 
CKella Mayhew 
CarlatoB * Ballew 

Miss Juliet 
Fridkin A Rhoda 
Moody A Duncan 
Tom Kelly 

Kolth's Oreenpoint 

2d half (30-2) 
Lew Seymour Co 
Malinda A Day 
Lane A Freeman 
Booth A Nina 
(One to flll) 

1st half (4-1) 
Lee A Mann 
Waldron A Watson 
(Others to flll) 

2(> half (7-10) 
Allen A Canfleld 
Ray Conlln 
McGrath A Deeds 
Davis A Darnell 
Hcrberta Bccson 
(One to flll) 

Keith's Prospert 

2d half (30-3) 
■ Joe Cook 
Alex Bros A Smith 
Lane & Harper 
2 Stcnards 
(Two to flll) 

let half (4-«) 
Polly A Os 
•'Lonesome Manor' 
Butler A I'arker 
I^avine A RItz 
(One to flll) 

2d half (7-10) 
Swift A Kelly 
Corlne Tllton 
(Others to flll) 

Mass' Riviera 

Mel Klee 
H<>aly & Cross 
The Vivians 
(Others to flll) 
2d half 
LAP Murdock 
(Others to flll) 

Herron A Qaylord 
Emma Barl 
Loena Hall Roma 



Jack La Vler 
Snow A Navtne 
Breen Family 
(One to flll) 

2d half 
Princess Winona 
Shfteks of Araby 
(Others to flll) 


The Brianta 
Lucas A Ines 
Chief Capaullcaa 
4 Tlleroms 
Lillian Shaw 



(Shreveport Split) 

Ist half 
The Lerays 
Dore Slstera 
Ollbort Wells 
Marie Cavanagh Co 


(Atlanta Split) 
1st half 
Worden Bros 
Rhodes A Watson 
Miller A Fears 
Jennings A Dorney 
Oautlcr's Toy Shop 


B. F. Kelth'a 

Ford A Brlco 
Chic Sale 
Elsie Janis 
Walton A Brant 
Mme Leitsel 
Wells A West 
Raymond Bond Co 
Mamaux A Rule 
Samaroff A Sonia 

Makae Japa 

Rae £ Ball A Bros 

Frisco Co 

Al Shayne 

Donovan A Lee 

Wm Edmunds Co 

Du For Boys 


Klown Revue 
Ruby Norton 
Fentor A Fields 
Joe Laurie Jr 
Realm of Fantasy 
May Wlrth Family 


2d half 
r A M Dale 
Maxon A Brown 
Rice A Werner 
Olcott A Ana 
4 Readings 


B. F. Kelth'a 

J 8 Blondy Co 
Mrs Gene Hughea 
Kovacs A Qoldaer 
Zuhn A Dries 
Rupert Ingalese Co 



Joseph Dlskar 
Holmes A Levera 
Hall Ermine A B 
Johnny Burke 
Rooney A Bent 
Davis A Pella 


ILihle O. H. 
Castleton A Mack 
FIsk A Lloyde 
"Timely Review" 
Bobby Randall 
(One to flll) 

2d half 
Nellie V Nichols 
Saxton A'Farrell 
15th Regmt Band 
(Two to flll) 

lat half 
TalaMlaa A 
CTBtUm A Jort'lae 
Hal Johnson Ca 
Hlbbltt * MaSa 
UtUa Jim 



(NaahTllU fallt) 

1st half 

Count eas Verona 
Thornton A lauras 
Joe Bennett 
Basso Co 


B. F. Kalth'a 

Thomas P Jaoksen 
Bolgcr Broa 
Dias Monkeya 
Brnia A Brnia 
Burns A Lynn 
Damerest A Col'ta 



(Now Orlsans Spilt) 

1st half 
Tyler A St Clajra 
Dillon A Milton 

Brady A Mahoney 
Toto Hammer Co 



(Sunday opening) 
Loudeo King A H 
Hlggins A Bates 
Barrett A Cuoeen 
Powell A Brown 
Ross A Roma 
Jack Osterman 

(Sunday opening) 

Welch Mealy A M 
Thos B Shea 
Kellam A O'Dara 
Blossom Sealcy Co 
Al Herman 
Willie Schenck 



2d half (SO-S) 
Jack Clifford Co 
Aunt Jemima Co 
Camillas Birds 
(Others to fill) 

1st half (4-ff) 
Swift A Kelly 
•Paul Hill Co 
California Rambl'rs 
(Others to flll) 

2d half (7-19) 
CSeo Moors Co 
Harry Burns Co 

•ohteht'a Maa'klns 
Powera * Wallaca 
Vaughn Comfort 
Moaa A Fnra 
Elm City Fov 
Smith A Bakar Oo 


B. F. Kalth'a 

Harry J Conley Co 
RubinI Sisters 
Mary Haines 
Tho Saytona 
Dixie Four 
WAG Aheara 

m. F. Alhaa 

Max Sovereign 
Plerco A Ryan 
Alexanders A Smith 
Joe Cook 
Madellns ColUns 
Trovers A Douglas 
Fern A Maria 



Witt A Winter 
Loney Haskell 
Sager Midgely CO 
(One to flll) 

2d half 
Nathane A Sally 
Blsle White 
(Two to Oil) 



Connolly A Francos 
Clown Review 
Haru Onukl 



Blgelow A Clinton 
Badie A Ramsden 
(Three to fill) 
2d half 
Frank Mansfield 
Hank Brown Co 
(Three to flll) 



(Norfolk Split) 

1st half 

Barrett A Farnora 

Bobby Gordon Co 

(Three to flll) 



(Charlotte Split) 
1st half 
Wells A Burt 
The Parados 
Bspe A Button 
Fred Lewis 





Phones BRYANT 707O— 4«2t 

Van A Bchsaah 
RAW Roberta 


Raao A Whalaa 
■iTor Bros 
Llttlo Cinderella 
(Two to flll) 

Sd half 
▲I Raymoada 
Doyle A Wilsoa 
(Othera to flll) 

TROT. K. T. 


Cannella Loona A Z 
Jaek Sydney 
Mlsa America 
Shrlner A nti*eBa 
(One to flll) 
Noel Lester Co 
Besaslan A White 
Jas Darcy 
(Two to flll) 

Traaey A UcMxUf 

Adenla A Do* 
Maaon A Bhaw 

O'Nall A Ploakalt 
(Two to BID 

2d halt 
King Broa 
Lew Uawklaa 
Walmsley A Keat'f 
Doria Dancan Co 
Barnura Waa Bight 
(One to flll) 



td half (tO-l) 
"Lonesome Manor" 
'to Miles rm B'y' 
•? Arabian Knignta 
Lee Mann 
Ford A Price 







(Om ta flll) 
MoFarlaad A F 

Huch Bmmett Oa 
Lew Brloe 
(One to flll) 




Bottle Washington 
Salleo A Robies 
Nathane A Sully 
Texas Four 
Fink's Mulea 
(One to flll) 

2d half 

Fred Bowers CO 
Morris A Shaw 
Sllva Brawn Co 
(Three to flll) 


B. F. Kelth'a 

Gautier A Pony 
Chung Wha Four 
Emily Lea (^ 
Ernest Ball 
Nash A O'Donnell 
Dolly Sisters 
McLaug'in A Evans 

(One to flll) 
1st half (4-1) 

Harry Burns Co 

•Sub'lng with Ba'ts 

Ray Conlln 

•Polite Pearl A "W 

Herberta Beeson 

(One to flll) 
2d half (7-10) 

Polly A Oa 


•Lavlne A Rlts 

(Others to flll) 


Haperm Hovsa 

Frank Mansfleld 
Mack A Stanton 
Ituflhman A Bayne 
(Two to flll) 

2d half 
Blgelow A Clinton 
Eadle A Ramsden 
(Three to flll) 




Noel Lester Co 

L A A Carter 


Jas Darcy 

Cunninchnm A B 

2d half 
Cornelia Leona A Z 
Jaric Sydney 
Miss Amortca 
Shrlner & Flt'mons 
(One to fill) 



Nellie V Nichols 
Saxton A Farrell 
(Two to flll) 

2d half 
CaRtloton A Mack 
FIsk A Lloydo 
Ilu«<hman A Bayne 
Bobby Randall 
(One to flll) 


"All at Sea" 
Hank Brown Oo 
Hasel Green Ca 
(One to flll) 

2d half 
Lee Children 
Hal] A Shapiro 
(Three to flll) 




ITollnnd A Oden 
Marino A Martia 
(Two trt flll) 

2(1 half 
▲rthor Whltelaw 



1413 Mssonle Temple Central 03 iS CHICAOO 

Bookliif Jltcluilrely with W.V.M.A.. B. F. Keith's 

(Wektuni) Exclunse, Ortiheum arKt AflUlstluDS. 


Harry Moore Co 
Alice Hamilton *> 
Billy Arlington 
B C Hililam 
"Son Dodgers" 
Crawf'rd & Brod'ck 
Runaway Four 



(Augusta Split) 
1st half 
Roberts A Demont 
Will J Ward 
Fisher A Hurst 
Manila Pryor Co 
Morton Jewell Co 



(Roanoke Split) 
Ist half 
Jordan Girls 
Kelso A Demonde 
Crane May A C 
Gordon &. Qermainn 



2d half 
The Roonoys 
Jean Arnal 
Ed Blondell Co 
Inniii Bros 
Lynch A Stewart 



King Bros 




Combe A Nevlna 
H Hayden Co 
Casting Campbells 
Freda A Anthony 



Casting Uslloa 
Gene Morgan 
Reed A Soiman 
Finlay A Hill 
Harry Kahne 
Duffy A Sweeney 
Harry Slatko Co 



Van A Tyson 
Nowell A Most 
Olson A Johnson 



McCar'n & Marrone 
Low Hilton Co 
Oautlcr's Brlck'ers 



Il.iil & .Shapiro 
I^re Kids 

White Black A V 
(Two fo flll) 
2d half 
Mark & Stanton 
"All at Sea" 
Hazel Green Co 

Watts A Hawlsy 
(Others to flll) 


(Louisville Split) 
let half 
The B«tTdaya 
Phil Davis 
Grace Nelson A Co 
Marks A Wilson 
Kalul'i's Hawallans 



GAR Perry 
Knapp A Carnella 
Doyle A Wilson 
The Crelghtona 
(One to flll) 
2d half 
Witt A Winters 
Flaherty A Stoning 
Swor Bros 
Llttlo Cinderella 
(One to flll) 



(Mobile Split) 
1st half 
Francis A Wilson 
Heltons ^ 

Sampsel A LeoiTdt 
Neil McKlnloy 
3 Melvins 

NEWARK. N. t. 


Ben Welch 
Vincent Lopei Co 
Norwood A Hall 
Paull A Goss 
•7 Arabian Knlgh's 

Connors Danceland 



B Anderson A Pony 
Williams A Taylor 
"Thunk You D" 
Sybil Vane 
Lydeii A Maoey 
Ten Eyk A Wylle 
Trlxie Frlgansa 
Bill Genevieve A W 



Mrohan A Newman 
Arthur Whitelaa 
Ten Arakis 
(Others to flll) 

Sd half 
L A A Carter 
Holland A Oden 

Marino A Martin 
Cun'ngham A Ben't 



(Jacksonville Split) 

1st half 
Clown Seal 
CofTman A Carroll 
Bowirs Walt'rs A C 
Bckert A Harrison 
Four Madcaps 

B. F. Keith's 

Bronson A Edw'rds 
Betty Washington 
Bryant A Stewart 
Jos K Watson 
"Flashes Songland" 


BemoTor— Whitening — Roogo— Powder 

Harlow A LuthA. DrugftJti. U'way a Mth St 
Central I>ruc Co.. Tth A?c. A 48th St. 
Jsin«' 4ilh St. Drug Store. Stti Art. A 44th St 
C. 0. Btcelow, Inr., eih Are. ft 9tb SC 

Bucli ft Us}-iier'i. and Public Drug. Co. 



Clayton A Clayton 
Stone A Francis 
Berk A Sawn 
Morgan A Bender 
Mabel McCane Oo 

2d half 
L A H Zeigler 
Lehr A Kennedy 
Cooper A RIcardo 
Ray Raymond 
(Ono to flll) 



F A C LaToor 
Smith A Naah 
Cook A Rosever 
Dillon A Parker Co 
Lytell A Faut 
Bhttra Rulowa Co 

2d half 
Kelly A Drake 
Phlna A Picks 
Dave Schooler Co 
Edwards A Beaaley 

Timely Revaa 
Bloom A Sher 



Gordon A Rica 
Furman A Brana 
Relily A Rogers 
Elliott A LaTour 
Ned Wayburn'a 11 

2d tuJf 
Clayton A Clayton 
Jimmy Reynolds 
Mabel McCane Co 
Schoen A Squires 
Shura Rulowa Co 



Alexander A H 
Kelly A Drake 
Dave Schooler Qo 
Panza A Sllva 
Phlna A Pioka 

2d half 
Gordon A Rica 
Stone A Francis 

14 half 

Kanasawa Japa 
Oeo Morton 
Mildred Andre Ca 
(Two to flll) 



Clifford A O'Connor 
Lew Brlco 
Boy A Boyer 
(Two to flll) 

Sd half 
Dixie Hamilton 
Adams A Morln 
Thornton A K\ng 
(Two to flll) 


Dixie Hamilton 
Kanazawa Japs 
(Others to flll) 

2d half 
Adams A Grlfllth 
(Others to flll) 



Marie Sparrow 
Johnson A Hayes 
Mildred Andre Co 
(Two to flll) 
2d half 
Frank Wilson 
Ctook A Oatman 
Bison City Four 
(Two to flll) 


Maalo HaU 
BradhuT A BeaBii 
Jeaaette Chll4a 
Maoh A Readla* , 
(T«» to flll) 

Id half ( 

Barry Bentell 
Whalaa A McSflaif 
Martia A Moora 
(Two U flll) 

LYNN, If Ase, : 



Stone A Hayea 
(One to flll) 

Sdhalf * 

Hunting A Franefl# 
(Othera to fill) 


Frank Wllaoa 
Cook A Oatmaa 
Bison City Fo«« 
(Two to flll) 

Sd half 
Marie Spsrrow 
Roland Kelly CM 
Johnson A Ilayefl 
(Two to flll) 


Olympic .r 

2d half 

Stone A Hayes 
(Others to flliy * 



2d half ^ 

Clifford A O'C0Bai# 
Chas Mack Co 
Llbonatl - 



Fraxler's Hl'hl'ders 


Danci'g Humphreys 

G Austin Moore 

Whitefleld A Irel'nd 

Wilson Bros 

K T Kunia Co 


Read's Hippodrome 

Juggling McBanns 
Walman A Berry 
Toyland Follies 
Bob Ferris Co 
Walt Manthey Co 
Bob Ferns Co 


2d half 
Jewell's Manikins 
Flani|!:an A S'plet'gl 
McDonald Three 
(Two to flll) 



Tulsa Sisters 
Oliver A Lee 
Bert Howard 
Karl Rosini Co 

Althsa Lucas Ca 
Grace Twins ' ■ 

Lloyd A Goods 
Herb Lloyd Co 



Jessie Miller 


IGS Toupees Make-Up 

ORTH 8«Bd for Price Lie* 


"»*-=• 109 W.46th 8.t. N. Y. 


ISS W. 44th St.. New Terk 
The Best |1.00 Dinner In Towa. 



York City. 

Dlitribstor. t PatoKIa PIsee, 



As Good an tli« Host, 
Mach Better Than tha Beat 

Lew Hawklna 
Walmsley A Keafg 
Doris Duncan Co 
linrnum Was Right 
(Ouo to flll) 

2d half 

Adonis A Dog 
•Tones A Reed 
MaMon A Shaw 
Clulro Vincent Co 
O'Neil A PlUQk«lt 
(One to aUi 

D. F. Keith's 

Anderson A Trel 
Margaret Hassler 
Pinto A Boyle 
Four Kords 
WiUon Sfbtrra 
Rafuyottes Dogs 


(ftavaaaah SpiU) 

Enow Columb's A U 



(Richmond Split) 

Ist half 
Willi Halo A Bro 
Millard A Marliif 
Hartley A Falter'n 
llarniuny Land 


B. F. Keith's 

Autumn Trio 
Ibach Band 
June Connelly 
A A F ijteadman 
Ann Pennington 


3 Whirlwinds 
Nan Travfllne 
Grey A Old Rose 
Oscar Lorraine 
10 Miles from B'wy 

Wm Penn 
Flaherty A Stoning 
Claire Vincent Co 
A I Hnvmond 
Uth Ilogt Band 

Sd half 


Sii«e i MfdK«<ly Co 
lans A Whalen 
(Ooe to fliJ) 


Sllva Braun Co 
I'rlnccas Winona 
Fred V Bowers Co 
Morris A Shaw 
Shieks of Araby 
(One to flll) 

2d half 
Shprwin Kelly 
Snow A Narlne 
(Others to flll) 

Pilcer A Dooglaa 
(One to flll) 


L A H Zclgler 
Lehn A Kennedy 
Edwards A Beasley 
Greenwich Vill'^rs 
Cooper A Ric&rdo 
Pilcer A Douglas 

2d half 
Alexander A Hardle 
Smith A Nash 
Cook A Rosevere 

Mabf-I Biirk* C* 
Panza A Silra 
Ned Wayburn's IS 



LeRoy Bros 
Jean Boydell 
Dsn Fitch Co 
Rene Arnold Co 
(One to flll) 
2d half 
Thr*>o Loidens 
Franklin A Hall 
Mil' DArniond Co 

Berk A Sawn 
Morgan A Bender 
Greenwich Vin'gers 



Three Lordona 
Franklin A Hall 
Mile D'Armond C# 
Bloom A Sher 
Hometown FolUea 

2d half 
LeRoy Broa 
Jean BoydcII 
Dan Fitch Co 
Rene Arnold Co 
Hometown Follies 
Jimmy Reynolds 



Mabel Burke Co 
Schoen A Squires 
Rey Itnymond Co 

2d half 
Rellly A Rogers 
Furman A Evans 
Dillon A Parker Co 
Elliott A LaTour 
(One to flll) 




(SI. Prtor.M'rK Split) 

iKt half 
Martr-jl & Wpst 
Dunhmu & O'Mar.v 
I. Ist on I-oster 
.'<l.slf'rs Arnrtlo 
CIii\l .11 I)rtw Co 


B. F. Keith's 

Fifor Bros A Bis 
• '.irter A Curnlsn 
"Marry Me" 
Gurdon A For€ 
Gevcne Troupe 



Srl'^ridlt A Partner 
^T.'^rl^n MiirrHy Co 
, , Laag A lilaksiejr 



Brent Hayes 
Dalton A Craig 
Kenny A Hollls 
O & H Do Beers 
— r^Ono to fllM 

ttordon's Olympln 




Harry Bentell 
Whalcn A McS 
Adsms A Grlfllth 
Alartin A Moore 

(.Scollay sq.) 
ClAffs Manning Ki C 
Dorothy Ramer 
(Two to fill) 
Gordon's Olympla 
(Washln,?ton st.) 
T.lttln Driftwood 
I.f w AV'ldon 
(O hora to flll) 

Kay McKay 4^ 8is 

(Two to flll) 
2*1 half 
Bradbury A Scully 
Jfaruitte Chtlds 
Mark A 0^>ndlnc 
(Others fa fill) 


Fit rand 

J .* ''•'TT1S A Murtn 

i.ili ii.itl 
i Xiietntou A Klas 

Honey Bunch Co 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 

O'Malley A Maxrd 
Dvnlay A Merrill 


' Strand 
Gladys Grsen 
Maok A Mabelle 
(One to flll) 


B. F. Kelth'a 

Sinclair A Gray 


Paul Rahn Co 

JAW Henning 

Seattle Boya 

2d half 
The Levolas 
"Barber of Sevlllo" 
Tonle Gray Co 
(Two to flll) 


lASalle Garden 
Orace Ayers Co 

Reynolds A Whits 
Arthur DeVoy Co 
Four of Us 
Corrldlna's Animals 

2d halt 
Sinclair A Gray 
Norman A Lander 
Hickman Bros 
Seattle Boys 
(One to flll) 



Sawyer A Eddy 
Mack A Mabelle 
M McDermott Co 
Aah A Franks 

2d half 
Larimer A Hudson 
Flanlgan A M'ris'n 
Marston A Manley 
Edith Clifford 



Royal Bros 
Larry Comer 
Jewell's Manikins 
Cornell A Fays Sis 
(Two to flll) 

2d half 
Vallal Zcrmalne 
McDernjott A V 
O Handworth 
Leo Haley 
Three Weber Girls 
Laurie Ordway 


Daniels & Walters 
Morris & Block 
Jonia's Hawallans 
(One to till) 
2d half 
JAW Honningn 
Corradina's Animls 
(Two to flll) 



Rpyn<tl<l» & tN'hito 
Daly Ai liur.^h 




N'lppon Duo 

Sonnion Con: ad Co 


St»»n Sfnnloy Ci- 

F A E Halls 


r: K -nt 

Ro>Ul Sj .I'lo; • 

D.'i r r» *• ' -" •- 
Johnny r« .s>\. < ■ 
I^aurr '^t'l.vuy 
"The bhelk" 




RAE Traoy 
Sullivan A Myora 
McDonald Three 
(One to flll) 
2d half 
Royal Sydneya 
Fries A Wilson 
Johnny's New 
Four of Us 
"The Sheik" 

Ben AU 

The Le Volaa 
Ormsbeft A RemM 
Tonle Gray Co 
Four Mnsketeaftf 
Jada Trio 

2d half 
Humbert Broa 
Marsh A Willi 
Paul Rahn Ca 
(Two to flll) . i 

Fharot O. IL ' 

2d half -* 

Grace Ayers > 


Jacque Tvell Cd 
Daniels A Walt«ri 
VAC Avery 


VAC Avery 
Norma n A Landaa 
August A Pauletta 

2d half 
Hager A OoodirW 
(Two to flll) 


Karl Gardner 
Frlea A WilaoA 
(G«a to flll) v 

2d half 1 

Sullivan A MyeiV 
RAE Tracy 
Harry Van Foaaaif 


Humberto Bros 
FitKgerald A Carll 
Marsh A Willlama 
DeMarviu Fiva 

2d halt ! 

Stone's Boys 
(Three to fill) ^ 


Althea Lucas 
Grace Twins 
Lloyd & Coode 
White Hunsara 

2d half 
Tulsa Sis 

Harry Antrim Of 
Milton & Lehman 
Pago A Oreen 

Jeffrrs Strand 

Vnllal A Z<rmaina 

.MtDf-rniott A Vinc't 

( > llandwurth . 


Three \V. bor Girls 

8<) hnlf 
Cornell A- Foys BiS 
Larry Cinn»'r 
Arthur J>tVoy Os 
(Two to flll) 

ir/Avy. iiTE, iMAt 

1 "bcrty 
f:r. cne 

) • V 'ittO 

■ <•• ••'■ ' 'v. .1 Co 

, • l':'tf 

■ ! . . • ■ .^» f l«Jl 

: "• • M -H.s 

i lixvc* V Bill 



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Friday, December 1, 192ft 





iglpkia Taok«r 
KettmitABtUi ■ 
Sarelay * Cb»»» 

J^n A yramm 
^•nd A awabU 
^^e Donnelly 0» 
(Ona to fill) 
8t»t« lAto 

f8UDd»7 OP«Bl«») 

M 8hlrl«r 
oq>oan«ll A BUtr 
B*b H*n 
FtBtoa * FI«M« 

tid«i * aib«o» 

S«D N«e On* 
JlalBboWi Bnd 
<>Bborn« Thr«« 
<Ob« to fill) 


(Bunday opening) 
<|r«tta Ardln» 



OHadar •pcntat) 

Mmmt lAatry Buid 

S * A ■•r«*w 

Bvrka A I>«rkla 
DD Ht 
▲Bdrltdd Tffo 
Boae BlUi A B 
Dr Thorn p«on 



<flttadar •p«ii1bk) 
fisher A CHlmar* 
Smith A 8tro«« 
Herbert A Dar* 
Torke A Klnc 
Jack Ranley 
Hector A Pala 


(Sunday opanins) 
Alma Nellson 


wtihiM raaaoa tm tka 
Dr. M. Q. GARY 

M. W. Car. Stata and Raadelpk §^ 
iaeoad laor avar Drac Stara 
■atraaaa • W. R*adal»h it. CHICA< 



<TlM Shubert «nlt shows Ar« 
printed berswlth In th« order of 
their travel. The shows move over 
the circuit Intact.) 




Daaear and Imitatar 

Third 8«aaan Featured with 

Gas Kdwarda* R«vne 

fTeaver A Weavar 
Bessie cnfford 
Chandon Trio 
Babcock A Dolly 
Cressy A Dayne 
James Stevens *^ 



(Sunday openlnt) 
Bae Samuels 
Blmpson A Dean 
Al K Hall 
JCma Herman 
J A J Gibson 



(Sunday openlnf) 
Jsssie Keed 
Wilfred Clark 
rio Lewis 

B A L PItsslbbons 
El Rey Sis 


Mala Straat 

ITsshle Clark 

OAF Usher 
Signer Frlscoa 
Lee Gellis 
Little Billy 


(Same bill plays 
Fresno 7-») 
Williams A Wolfus 
Qlenn A Jenkins 
'Letter Writer" 
Grace Doro 
Royal Gasrolrnes 
Pearson N'port A P 
Meehan's Does 



Seed A Austin 
I^eLyle Alda 
Illrd Cabaret 
Redmond A Wells 
Do Kerljardo 
Billy Sharp 
(One to fill) 



(Sunday openinc) 


Kxclusive Material of Every Descrlptlaa. 

118 W. «tth 8«^ H. Y. aty$ Bryaat 1484 

t>oree's Ca 
Xllsabeth Murray 
Bight Blue DeTlla 
(Two to All) 

(Sunday opening) 
Creole Fash Plate 
Boxy La Rocoa 
Swarts A Clifford 
Seaator Ford 
Bankotr A Co 
Xoroll Bros 
Frank lyn Chaa Co 


Orphan na 

(Sunday opening) 
Harry Watson 
Tlaeent O'Doaaell 
Vrawley A Loniae 

5'llson Aubrey Trio 
•nnedy A Beria 
JAN 0:ms 
Faber A McOawan 


Hill Sitae* 
(Sunday opening) 
Billy Olason 
Choag A Moay 
Victor Moors 
Stevens A Marshall 
Rey AtwlU C!b 


(Sunday opening) 
Hyams Mclntyra 
y A E Stanton 
Morton A Glass 
Foley A LaTour 
Bill Robinson 

Emma Came 
DeMarco's Band 
Anderson A Bart 
Hanako Japa 
Dave Roth 
Spencer A Williams 
Jean Barrloa 



<8anday opening) 
Morgan Dancers 
Belle Montrose 
Jack Oeorge 
Bevaa A Flint 
Novelty Cllntens 
Gordon A Day 


CMdaa Oato 

(Sunday opening) 
Bailey A Cowaa 
Clandia Coleman / 
McCarthy Sisters 
McRae A Clegg 
McDevltt Kelly A Q 
(One to fill) 


(Sunday opening) 
McKay A Ardlne 
Perone A Oliver 
Juggling Nelsons 
Neal Abel 
Ck>nlln A Glass 
Parlor Bedr'm A B 
Dooley A Sales 



(Sunday opening) 
Dugan A Reymond 
Bobby Folsom 


Phone: RICHMOND HILL 9663 

Oalettl A Kokln 
Uackett A Delmar 


Vera Gordon 
Beken Dancera 
Artistic Treat 
i White Kuhne 
Kay Ham A Kay 
Milt Collins 
(One to All) 



(Sunday opening) 
Bernard Granville 
Van A Corbett 
Cook Mort A H'rv'y 
Marmeln Sis 
"TaiiKo Shoes" 
(Two to nil) 



(Sunday opening) 
H It Walthall 
TdinKfonl A Frcd'Un 
VIILt Girls 
I M Chadwlck 
Ballot FMve 
PepKv Bromen 
Lew Dockstader 



(Sunday ojionlng) 
Anatol Kricdland 
Ix^avlft A Lo.jkv.u'd 
Bew<»ll ,si«ters 
Rum^ ^ T.orslne 
Curl |-;fM>'« r«ts 

•ad ;\uiartrth 

Bernard A Garry 
Wavne A Warren 
DeWltt Burns A T 
Brie Zardo 
The Florents 



Mnie Doree's <3o 
Sully A Tlonghton 
Family Ford 
(One to Oil) 

2d half 

Cultf!? Bros 
W A M Rogers 
Skolly Hell Rev 
Leon Co 
Ptrandfd ' 
(One to All) 



Nfi.Ml»*tnn * S 
a A- V M««Wy. 

WiiUrr »" Krlly 

S<;'!U'>n T)«-no * S 


.loliti n TTrman 

Fr.inK Ward. 



Cdd!« Leonard 

Qii!x:( / Four 

llrt!|«n A Itu^sell 

' TrotiteLiing" 

'T'~<^Tir 1 Hros 
I piirr'H livnn 
i Miidic I>o L.Li)g 

*'Stth Caatvy Bav" 
Four Marx Bros 
Olga Mishka 
Krans A White 
Julia Edwards 
Harper A Blanks 
Adele Jasoa 

H. O. H. 

•HMUdnlt* Bevels** 

Whipple Huston 
Purcell A Ramsey 
Rlggs A WItchte 
Claire Devlne 0» 
Three Chums 
George Mayo 


"Stolen aweets" 

Watson Sisters 
Steppe A O'Nell 
Baker A Brasil 
Kings Syncopation 
DcKoch Trio 


(Boro Park, Brook- 
lyn, split) 
lat half 

"Facts A Figures" 
Burt & RoBcaale 
VlllanI & Rose 
White Trio 

Six Stellas 
Twlnette A Bella 


"Spice of lile" 

Sylvia Clark 
Kramer A Boyle 
Frank Gaby 
Julia CorettI 
Fell A Walker 
3 Wainwright Sis 

Chestnut St. O. H. 
"Troubles of 192t" 

Courtney Sisters 
George Jessell 
Colee A Orth 
Edwards A Bm'n'el 


"Steppin* Around" 

James C Morton 
Dan Ilea I y Co 
Harry Roye 
Vintour Bros 
Harry Bloom 



(Same bill plays 
Weller. Zanesville, 
•-7; Court, Wheel- 
ing. S-») 
"Gimme A ThriU" 
Tip Top Four 
Borel A Gluck 
Gene Barnes Co 
Herbert A Daggett 
Nanine A DeFay 
Gardner Trla 



MIdaight Boanderf 
Smith A Dale 
Green A BIylar 
Jack Btronoe 
Cleveland Bronner 
Frank J Corbett 
Lola Chalfonte 



(Sunday opening) 
"(YoUcs of 1922" 
Herman Timberg 
Nat Nasarro 
Buck A Bubbles 
Darling A Timberg 
Else A Paulson 
It Dancing Dolls 


(Sunday opening) 
Nora Bayes 
Hannaford Family 
Pasqoah Broa 
Edith Baker 
HAG El is worth 
(Four to fill) 



(Sunday opening) 
Weber A Fields 
Chas T Aldrich 
Lynn Cantor 
Bent A Clare 
Ruth Thomas 
Sid Gold 


(Sunday opening) 
"Plenty of Pep" 

Chas Howard Oa 
John Qnlgg 
Dolly aiorrlson 
Dewey A Rogers 
Bmill Clasper 
Townes A Franklin 

"Hello New York** 

Bobby Higglns Co 
Frank Dobson 
Lon Haacall 
Phil Baker 
Helen Eley 
Betty Finher 
Peterson Bros 
18 English Daisies 



(Sunday opening) 
"Hello Everybody" 

Gertrude HofTman 
H A W Lander 
McCoy A Walton 
Carey A Walton 
Carey Bannon A M 
Mooner A Marie 
Leo Bates 

Detroit O. H. 

(Sunday opening) 
Abe Reynolds 
Ben Holmes 

Warren A O'Brien 
Bernard A Scarth 



"CamlTal of Fan" 

Alfred LaTell 
Clark A Verdi 

Oanr A 
Bddle Foyar 

Id halt 
Mask A Braatler 
Dolly's Draam 
Baymoad A ■tan 
<One to fill) 

Oreeier ■«> 

Plckard's Seala 
LAM Hart 
Dan Downing Oa 
MUe Vanity Oa 
(One to All) 
2d halt 

Fravost A Ooelet 
J LaCrosse Co 
Toy Ling Foo 
Nelson A Barrys 
Strickland's Co 
(One to All) 

Delanecy IM. 

Ronna Duo 
Green Sisters .. 

Tawer A Darrall 
■rtard's OddltSaa 

Id half 
Nestor A VlAoast 
Altoa A Ama 
LAM Bart 
Calvin A O'Coaaer 
Daace Dreams 


Leon A Mltsl 
Brennan A Wyaae 
A A L Barlow 
Miller Packer A ■ 


DnVal Broa 

Leonard A Culver 


I^may A Pearson 

Primrose Minstrels 


DuVsl Bros 
Jimmy Duffy Co 
Ray Morrell Trla 





Thim Week 

(NoT«_S8-De«. t) 
Wmm Boakaway. 







245 West 47th Street 

Phone: BRYANT 8817 

B Harrison Co 
Ethel Roaeman Co 
Snlly Fields 
"Sunbeam Follies" 

2d half 
Rainbow Trio 
Jerome A France 
Bardwell Mayo A R 
Downing A Buddy 
Camia Co 


Nestor A Vincent 
McCormack A R 
Frank Stafford Co 
Quinn A Caverly 
Hope Sinters Band 

2d half 
Russell A Hayes 
Hope Vernon 

"Bits Dance Hits" 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Dean A Dean 
Evans A Babetta 
Vacation Days 
(Two to All) ^ 


2d half 
Camilla's Blrda 
Dreon Sisters 
Grsen A Burnett 
Eddie Clark Co 
Tower A Darrell 
"Sunbeam Folllea" 


LaToy Bros 


Cody A King 
Newport Stirk A P 
Beaux A Belles 

2d half 
Rao A Helmar 
RAH Walser 
Fox A Britt 


Peres A LaFlar 
Win Dick 
"Stateroom IF* 
Klaaa A Brilliant 
Wyatt's Lads A L 

2d halt 
Blum Bros 
Berrl A Bonnie 
Hoey A Evans 
Silvers A Berger 
Gen PIsano C 

Freer Baggott A F 
Connors A Boyne 
Wm A Weston Ca 
Olive Bayes 
Olga A Nicholas 



Jeanette A Norm'ns 
Manuel Romaine I 
Eddie Heron Co 
Fraser A Bunco 


Leach LaQuialan S 
Holden A Herron 
KImberley A Page 
Frank Mullane 
"Boys Long Ago" 
Dave VanAeld 
Hitter A Welsa 

Gibson A Breaer 
Braham Reeds A D 

3d half 
Feres A LaFlor 
Wm Dick 
"Stateroom 11" 
Xlass A Brilliant 
Wyatt's L&ds A L 


Walter Gilbert 
Gordon A Delmar 
Nevlns A Gordon 
Weber A Elliott 
"Old Timers" 

Lucy Ollstte Co 
Lee A Beers 
Browning A Davis 
Roberts A Boyne 
Thos P Dunne 
4 Popularity Queens 

2d half 
Stanley Trip A M 
B A L Walton 
Carletta A Lewis 
Adler A Dunbar 
(Two to All) 


Stanley Trip A M 
B A L Walton 
Carletta A Lewla 
Adler A Donhar 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Lacy Ollette Ob 
Lee A Beers 
Roberts A Boyae 
Thos P Dann 
4 Popularity Queens 

Yoiwo M. 

Bellls Duo 
Stephens A Bron'le 
Homer Ltnd Co 
Harry Be w ley Ca 
"Sparks of E'lvay** 

Creedoa A DaTtt 
Geo Lovett Oa 
(One to Oil) 


Hardy Bros 

MaxAeld A Golson 
Braslllan Heiress 
Four Erettos 



Royal A Valentine 
R U Hodge Co 
John Neff 

2d half 
Hill A Quinnell 
Carney A Rosa 
(One to All) 



Melnotte Duo 
Mills A Duncan 
Songs A Scenes 

2d half 
Laster Bros 
"Graduation Day" 
(One to All) 

raaa BaaioF 
CTwa ta 811) 


Maxon A Morrlfl ^ 
O'Malley A MaxTA 
J C Lewis Jr Co 
Paisley Noon Co 
Jarvls A HarrlaaB 
Mrs Eva Fay 
2d half 
Mrs Eva Fay 
Carnival of Vei 
The Ltlghtons 
(Three to 811) 


Laster Bros 
Graduation DaF 
(One to All) 

2d half 
Melnotte Duo 
Mills A DuneaK 
Songs A Scenaa 

C A H Polly , 


*'8teppln' Around'* Ce. 

WE8CS 4 fBtgPLAWPgS ^ 




Parish A Pern 



•v. — (S^i 



Strong A Rydsrr 
Marks A Gallagher 
Fr!sh Howard A T 
t Mart las 


Stnuid (4-8) 
(Same bill plays 
Maloae. C-T; Og- 
denebvrgh, S; Pots- 
dam t) 
Chas Reeder 
Bernard A Deaa 
K Faye Trio 



The Halklngs 
Hlbbert A Nugent 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Briaeoe A Aostla 
Leighton A DaBall 
Bravo M'hellnl A T 



Gabby Bros 
Creedoa A Davla 
B Parker A Baya 

2d half 
Maxon A Morrla 
D Karrts A Band 
(One to All) 


MoConnell A West 
Granville A Fields 

2d half 
A A M Joy 
Morans A Nomuui 


Jason A Harrlgan 

2d half 
Hlbbert A Nugent 

Tyler A Croltaa 
Miller A Bradfo«« 
Senator Marphy 
Bobby JacksoB Oe 


DeWolf Girls 
Clemon Belling Ce 
Romas Troupe 
Bell Hamisoa 
Jack Reld 


'The Base Girt** 

Hope A Pauly 
Hattle Althoff Ce 
Louis Simon Co 
eurxes A Feggf 


main 8* FelUes" 

Jed Dooley Co 
Fred Ardath Co 
2 Dalace Sisters 
Morris A Campbell 
Commodore Band 


(BlJou. Fall River, 


1st half 

«<Kchoea af B*way" 

Eddie Nelson 
Irving O'Hay 
Nip & Fletcher 
Murray Sisters 
George Strennel 
Five Ilaneys 


Say It with Laughn 
Roger Imhotr Co 
Barr Twins 
Harry Lancaster 
Hayataka Japs 



2d half 
"Whiri mt N Y" 
McCormack A R 
Roy Cummlngs 
Florence Schubert 
Purcella Bros 

Gary A Baldl 
Chas F Seamea 
"Bits Dance Hits" 


Taffell A Newell 
Howard A White 
Poster A Sheppard 
Eva Tanguay 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Ed Gingras Co 
Cronin A Hart 
Cameiwn A O'Con'r 
Eva Tanguay 


Jean a Jacques 
Henry * Adelaide 
Fox A Kelly 
Lew Cooper 
Strickland's Ca 

2d half 
Three Mdrtetls 
Irving A El wood 
Frank Stafford Co 
Benny Harrison Co 

Bertie Kraemer 
Morley Sisters 
Alex Hyde's Orcb 

2d half 
Stanley A Attra 
Cleveland A CTtney 
Henshaw A Avery 
Powell Gilmore Co 



Edwards A Allen 
Mae A Hill 
Little Lord Roberts 
McCormack A. I 
Joe DeKoe Tr 



Blum Bros 
Berrie A Bonnie 
Hoey A Evans 
Slivers A Berger 
Gen PIsano Co 






Specially Designed 
Ready-to-Wear Clothee 


At 5eth Stree* NEW YORK CITY 

Telephone CIRCLE 8807 

Robt Burns Co 
Clayton A Edwards 
Paradise Revue 



2 Belmonts 
PAG Hall 
Chas Rogers Co 
Chaa Gibbe 
2 Little Maids 



Lahey Bros 
Margie Carson 
Eddie Tanner Co 


The Gauthiers 
T A C Bretton 
Wendell A Meehan 
Mabel Janet 
Conways 6 

2nd half 
The Shattttcks 

1 Little Malda 
Chaa Gtbba 
(Thas Rogers Oa 
Monte A Lyons 

2 Biilmonta 

2d half 

Frances A Hume 
Newport Stirk A P 
Jack Broderlek Co 
Joe Whitehead 
Dainty June Co 


Oanther A Romaine 
Jack Broderick Co 

2d half 

Keller A Walters 
Myron Pearl Co 

TROY, N. Y. 


Margie Carson 
Strong A Ryder 

2d half 
TAG Bretton 
(One to All) 


Lahey Bros 
Gertrude Barnes 
Myron Pearl Co 
Senna A Stevens 
Dddte Cook Co 

2d half 
Rial A LIndstrom 
Ounther A Romaine 
Monte A Lyons 
I "D'way to Dixie" 

Wills Broe 
Al Lester Co 
Marrt Gilbert 
Seven Brown OMg 
Manteii's Maalklae 
(One to All) 
2d half 
SelMnl A Grovlnl 
Bobby Henshaw 
Bluebird Revea 
Boganny's Co 
(Two to All) y 

noux VAUUI 

Davis A Bradaav 

Paul Howard 
W A M Rogers 

2d half 
Ankar Trio 
Maldle De Loatf 
(Two to All) 

80. BEND. niB. 

New Palaae 

Joe Melvin 


OBIalAl Deattot f tBe B. T. A* 


k4B8 B'way IPwtsaaa BMb.I W. T« 




WelFs Troupe 
Hope Vernon 
Nelson A Barrys 
BAE Adair 
Chas F Seamon 
4 Queens A Joker 

2d half 
Zara Carmen Trio 

2d half 
Taffel A Newell 
Bobby Van Horn 
Potpourri Dancers 
Wilpon & Jtrome 
Jocelyn A Turner 
S&Hy Fields 
BAD Wilson 
(One to All) 

Mark & l^raMh'y 



Boc.keil from July 24 to MMrrh. 1923. 


Direction: MARK I.KVY 

Mnr.Io * Itoni? 
<;rrt<f ('Hiixron Co 
(Two to fill) 

r,ove A Wilbur 
Oilberts A Armrff,' 
S Welsh A Girls 
Crftole CocUtaU 
K Mirri/ Co 
.las ( Co 
h(v^l"*r <* C.old 
i;a !!*•«>"' '''rio 
(Una to All) 

Alton A Allen 
Jn Wrong 

ralvin it O'Cnnor 
Karaban Grnhs A li 

2d half 
Weiss Troupe 
Gilberts A Armst'g 
Fox A Kelly 
Tilyou A Rorers 
4 QuCfdS A Joker 
Lincoln Sq. 

J LaC.oKM Co 

Creole Cocktail 
Avenue B 
Van & Emerson 
NAG Verga 
Lamay A Pearson 

2d half 
Leon A Mitzl 
Ray Morrell Three 
(One to All) 

Oorflon tt «ealy 
Tllvf.u A Roscrs 
M Blondfll Rev 
(Two to All) 

2d half 
Erfords Oddities 
K Murray Co 
KJdlrt royer 
Itoyc A <;• orglft 8 


f, jV D WilRon 

Mftflo * Rome 


(Irare Cnmeron O* 

ITlmroflO Minstrels 

Sd half 

rieVard's Seals 
y.fcf'ormsck A R 
Kthcl Tlnseman Co 
guinn A Caverly 

Three Mr.rtrlla 
yftc:.t A r.ance 

2d half 

LaToy Broa 
Bertie Kraemer 
Morley Sisters 
Alex Hyde's Orch 



Br'Vaway Barlows 

CAM Huber 

JAB Page 


WllBon Mr McAvoy 

Jerz Jubllen 



Joe Fnnton Co 
T>o(ld A Nelson 
"Cupid's Close-ur'" 
Helm A- I^ockwooclt 


til 1 C AGO 


I.aFleur & Portia 
Ariii^ironn A Tys'-n 
Trrd Webrr Co 
IliiwU::is A &1ack 
Dance Kvoiutions 



FrgottI A Herman 
Warman A Mack 
Frey A Kogers 

KeptlnjT A Ross 
"Stepiitng Aroubd" 


Brown A Lavelle 
Tom A Dolly Ward 
Paul Shine Co 
(Three to All) 
2d half 
Yokohama Boya 
Miller A Ralney 
(Fodr to All) 

C A H Polley 
Dougal A I^ary 
Murphy A Lochmar 
I^ambert A FisA 
Hubert Dyer Cq 

2d half 
Dave Winnie 
Mabel Harper Co 
J C Lewis Jr Co 
(Two to All) 


Yokohama Boys 
Glanvillo A Sanders 
Perclval Noel Co 
(Three to All) 

2d half 
Paul Shine Co 
Brown A I>avelle 
(Four to All) 


Lehoen A Dupr'ece 
Ifollln His 

Orindell A Esther 
Henry Margo Co 

Bennett A Lee 
carnival of Venice 

2d half 
Bert Howard •• 

Henry Catalano Co 
(One to All) 


Three Regals 
Mabel Harper Co 
Dave Manley 
Geo Lovett's Oa 

2d half 
Hardy Bros 
Chadwlck A Taylor 
Perclval Noel Co 
Brazilian Heiress 



Three Romances 
Craig A Catto 
Rltter A Xnapp 



2d half 

Lloyd Nevada Co 
Bayes A Fields 
Jarvls A Harrison 
M McDermott Co 
Four Camerons 
Ambler Bros 

Pantheon Singers 



Bertara A Andes 
Bell A LeClalre 
Lombardl A Coarl 
Seymour A Jeanette 
Kane Morey A M 

2d half 
Dressier A Wilson 
Clark A Manning 
Morgan A WooUay 
CAT Harvey 
(One to All) 


Clark A Manning 
Harris A layman 
Morgan A Woolley 
CAT Harvey 


The Halklngs 
Inez Hanley 
Skelly Helt Rer 
Hlbbert A Nugent 

2d half 
Swift A Daley 
Davis A Bradner 
Smith Bros 



Selblnl A Grovlnl 
Bobby Henshaw 
Bluebird Rev 
Boganny's (9a 
(Two to All) 

2d half 
Wills Bros 
Al Lester Co 

B Phillips CTa 
D Harris A BaaC 
(Two to 811) 
2d half 
Xeao Keyes A M 
Oene A Mtgnon ;. ' 
(Three to All) 



Den Quixano 0# 
Paul Decker Co ] 
Four Camcrong i 
Ambler Bros i/ 

(Two to All) i 

2d half 1 

Heras A Wills ? 
Deagal A Loar^ 
Let's Go 

Moore A KendaS 
P Grenades Ca 

Roshler A Muifb 
Dressier A WllooA 
Great Howard 
Panthoon SlngetS 

2d half 
Bertram A Ande* 
Harris A Lyman 
Lombard! A Coeurl 
(One to All) 



Seymour A HealoF 
Miller A Halney 
Stone's Boys 
Marsten A Manlej 
Rltter A Knapp 

2d half 
Fox A Mack 
Bell A LeClalr . r 
Bennett A Lee ^ 


Arranging Time for Acts nn the 

W. V. M. A. and B. F. KKITIi (WEST) 

1413 Capitol BIdg. (Masonic Temple), 

CHICAGO Plione .rentraims 





Anyoiio eauKht stealing my "encore" will 
b« prosecuted to the fullest extent 
of the law. 

Biny Benrd 
Duval A Pymonds 
Bernivlcl Bros 
Six Hanssns 


Royal A Valentine 
R H Hodge Oo 
John Neff 


' Klnaa 



Royal A Valentine 

John Neff 

R H Hodge Ca 



2d hair 
P\>ar Brretos 
Fagg A White 
Ethul Parker Oa 

Harry Gilbert 
Seven Brown (Nrls 
Manteii's Manikins 
(One to All) 



Mowatt A Mullen 

Waldron A Wlnsl'w 

Jack Lee 

Dave Ferguson Co 

Werner Amoros 2 

Famell A Florence 

Ishakawa Bros 


7th St. 
Will Morris 
Lyle A Virginia 
Driscoll Long A H 
Billy Gerber Rev 
Baxley A Porter 
Fran)< Ernest 
Crystal Bennett Co 


New (irand 

Ines Hanley 
Harry Garland 
Bkeliy licit Rev 

2d half 
Fenwlck Girls 
Kelly A Eailo 




lirisros A Austin 
T.elshton A DuBall 
Bravo M'hellnl A T 

2d half 
The Halklngs 

Royal Venetian i 
(One to All) 

Nalso A Riasa 
Broslus A Browa 
Frances A Marsell 
Walser A Dyer 
Sherlocks A Cllntom 
Christie A Benjaatt 
"Manicure Shop" 
Snow A RIgworth 
(One to nil) 


Lloyad Nevada Ce 
Bayes A Fields 
Moore A Kendall 
Frank Wilcox Oa 
P Grenades Co 
(One to nil) 
2d half 
Seymour A Jeanette 

Gus Edwards BoT 
(One to All) 



Gene A^MignoA 
"Let's Go " 

Heras A Wllla^_ 
(Three to fl||) 
2't half 
Joe Melvin 
I'on Quixano Oli 
Faul Dicker Co 
Evelyn J'htlllps Oe 
(Two to All) 



nark A Mannlaff 

Harris A LymaA 

Morgan A WooUegl 

(Continued on Page tt| 

V A R I E t Y 

Friday, December 1, 1922 

All matUr in 

ref«rs to currant 

waek unleaa 







Thaatra Bldg. 

Another bill with four hoadliners 
The answer to these heavy shows 
aeems to be In capacity audiences. 
Sunday's niullnee probably broke all 
Sunday matinee records. The billing 
was In time-table style, found nec- 
essary recently. The four features 
consisted of Bernard Granville, Vera 
Gordon, Duel De Kerekjarto and De 
Lyle Alda, in that order and fol- 
lowing each other. 

Of the headllners, Kerekjarto, an 
Austrian violinist, probably did the 
best. Her© is art with a capital. 
Without tricks, pretense, lighting 
schemes or effects Kerekjarto made 
them like it. He U a credit to 

The bill was opened with the 
Clinton sisters In dancing. Millard 
and Marlin next with some more, 
but without confliction. In a little 
kidding chatter Millard and Marlin 
Introduce themselves and then get 
right down to cases for some nifty 
footwork contributed equally be- 
tween them. Jones and Jones, a 
two-man colored act. make the 
Ethiopian dialect a little too thick. 
Their talk went over and their har- 
mony number for the finish was 

Granville and four girls gave a 
miniature revue well received. His 
company consisted of Inez Courtney, 
Florence Courtney. Kathleen Hitch- 
ens and Kathleen Robinson. Gran- 
ville did four minutes in "one" for 
a stage wait to set Vera Gordon. 
Granville should keep it in; it to 

Vera Gordon and Co. In "America 
touched the dramatic spirit of the 
houae and there was hardly a dry 
eye. The beauty of the cry was that 
no one was ashamed to hide the 
tears. The laughs, of course, were 
often enough to take away any bad 
effect. After De Kerekjarto De Lyle 
Alda with Edward Tlerney and 
James Donnelly and company gave 
her home town a satire of stage 
success that went over for plenty 
of-laughs and applause. Miss Alda 
radiated personality. Tlerney and 
Donnelly can step out any time as 
a two-man act and just do their 
two routines of dancing and be in. 
Edith Clifford with Zella Ingra- 
ham at tfie piano had no difflcultj' 
In following Alda and gave that 
touch called vaudeville. Miss Clif- 
ford has a splendid routine of songs 
and put th«'m over in a way that 
brought hor home another hit. Fol- 
lowing ns ."he d;d so many good 
things, it \\:\3 more to her credit. 
Bird Cabaret lad little chance of 
holding the thron'r in. as it was 
past 5 and everyone had enough. 

The "unit" shows which have 
'been offered at the Garriek since 
the openinc of the season give way 
this week to a strai>;ht vaudeville 
bill of eight af-ts. with Nora Hayes 



Expert Haircoloring. Artistic 
Halrdressing, Marcelling, etc. 

15 KuMt WAHhlnirtcn St. 



.1734 Offdcn Avenue 


Phone Mt-elpy :i«OI 

ASK:-^ii>nin; omoat 

as the feature and the Hanneford 
Family as the closing feature. The 
comedy portion is made strong by 
liert liaker and company, placed to 
open the second half, and by liilly 
Mt-Derniott, next to closing in the 
first part, just in advance of Miss 

The program wag evidently not 
decided upon positively until a very 
•short time before the opening, for 
the printed program did not an- 
nounce the No. 2 turn, and closing 
position was assigned to James Bar- 
ton and Co.. announced "by special 
request" for a second week, but 
taken out of the bill and that por- 
tion of the program penciled out. 

The show has good vaudeville but 
did not run well at the Sunday mat- 
inee, displaying a need for a dif- 
ferent arrangement of acts, and fall- 
ing short inasmuch as the audience 
did not enthuse. The Hanneford 
Family, closing the show, though 
it is a big circus number, having 
three male and two female riders, 
a lady ringmaster and two grooms, 
introducing two fine specimens of 
ring horses, and having strong rid- 
ing features, with comedy which 
has made the offering stand out in 
attractions of iUi daaa. suffered with 
the rest. 

Richard Wally opens the show 
with a juggling act which has many 
difncult feats performed creditably. 
Peggie Carhart follows with a vio- 
lin number which measures up to 
requirements In first -class vaude- 
ville. Neither numb«r did more 
than occupy an early position to fair 

The Three Pasqnall Brothers gave 
the show Its real start in third posi- 
tion, offering surprise formations in 
connection with acrobatics so in- 
genious as to bring outbursts of ap- 
plause. They registered such a hit 
that insistent applause had not sub- 
sided when the stage was ready for 
Rilly McDermott and forcing them 
to come out again for a bow. 

Billy McDermott, whose monolog 
Is well delivered with the comedy 
accentuated in such a way as to 
give excellent value, followed his 
talk with a parody which main- 
tained the high speed developed in 
his witticisms and enabled him to 
close this part of his act to solid 
appreciation. He returned for a 
burlesque toreador number which 
placed him still higher in the esti- 
tnai on of the audience. 

Miss Hayes closed the first part, 
appfiring in the place assigned to 
lUri IJaker on the r)rlnted program 
and in the special set which he used 
later. Miss Bayes Is assisted by 
Dufllr;- Wilkinson at the piano and 
sang six songs Sunday afternoon, 
taUi'.'i curtains after her third, 
four"', rnd fifth r.umbcrj?. and being 
ro tntlMisiastically applauded fol- 
lowlnr; 1 er sixth number that she 
came o t for a little ".speech." Her 
songs c.nsisted ot one on "Jlappi- 
ne>'s." a Chinese njniber, one de- 
scril inp; liow a lovfd one can appeal 
similai to a violin, one probably 
calleil •'The Village \'amp," a negro 
Itillal.y. .ind "Samsnn and Delilah." 
Miss r.i::.t'« gives dramatic touches 
to hrr K ntTS in several instances, 
and two fir thtee have distinct com- 
edy ^uhlv^ 

Baker and company open the sec- 
ond parr of the bill with the sketch 
"Prev.iri -at'on," which is Just as 
laughab'o as ever, and which was 
rewardc.l with constant laughter. 
Hurry ai..l Grace Ellsworth, next to 

R. R. ilCKETS 

ci;t rates. 

IlouKht and Sold. LYONS^ris •(! U. I!. Ti»k«'t Hroker. 

T<->>tlii>ni> llarriRon 897S 

Til S. Cr \'ti ST. c^HirAOO 


Van Buren and Wabash Avenues — -— — - 

Qur Steaks and Chops a Specialty. Tab!o d'Hote Dinner, $1.25. 

6 I*. M. TO Or.^O I». M. NO CO^ I:K i 5! \tl(;K. 



Don't Forget While in Chicago — Amateur Nite Every Wednesday 



] irHt Iro.ii at ll:M) 1*. >f. 
bciuu.l liulic lit 1 ::.{«! A. .M. 

Restaurant Ccrvice a la Carte 

Tli;r>l I r.):ir lit I ::{0 A. M. 
I'oiirtit I tvlif at 'i-.oO .\, M. 

Professional Courtesy Extended 

Petes Place 


30 WEST RANDOLPH (Next door Colonial Thea.) CHICAGO 


IS NOW OPiiN— They're Going to Pete's Placo— Follow 'Em 

closlnK, offer a delightful combina- 
tion of song and dance. 

The straight vaudeville show for 
thia week did not rcRlster as strong- 
ly a* most of the ■units" have done 

With Singer's Midgets headlining 
for the 'tecnth time here, and Ideal 
weather prevailing, the house was 
half niled before IL' o'clock. The show 
is good entertainment, but has too 
much dancing and not enough com- 
edy. Milt Collins was the hit. No. 5, 
and had the audience in convulsions. 
The spot was perfect, as he had no 
comedy to follow. 

W'ille Brothers opened with one of 
the best perch acts. The boys are I 

laughlnc flnlsh la a burlesque on 
I'avlowa, In which genuine laughs 
are obtained by the ridiculous spec- 
tacle of a large woman attempting 
to be graceful and the feeble efforts 
of an ordinary sized man to dance 
a classical dance ^rith her. 

Kvelyn Phillips and company pre- 
sent the accepted type of song and 
dance revue without any classical 
dancing numbers, which Is getting 
away from a style of act overdone 
in the Mid-West this season in 
this respect at least. Miss Phillipa 
sings several numbers and offers 
dancing after each one, while the 
mixed quartet entertains with songs, 
followed by dances and the two boys 
have a song and dance number and 
the two girls a Bowery song and 
dahce which register for applause. 

Swift and Dalley have a musical 
act In which auto horns are em- 
ployed by Fred S«vift to give nov- 
elty to an offering which would 
otherwise follow m the trail of many 
who have preceded It in years 
gone by. 

Murray Kissen and company have 

at Hannibal, Mo., good at Quincja 
111., poor at the Chatterton at Spring* 
field, and plays Peoria Wednesday 
and Thursday of thla week and raiU 
roads into Chicago and back out to 
Fort Wayne, Ind., for Friday an<l 

"Broadway Follies" opened In De« 
troit Sunday to $2,700, which i« 
gratifying news to friends of tha 
show here, ds It only did $6,600 at 
the Engelwood last week. "Mala 
Street Follies." in the week previous, 
did $7,700. (It was reported at th« 
time that the gross was larger than 
this.) The Shubert Detroit opera 
house, where the shows play In De- 
troit, is doing around $12,000 a week 
and is bright spot in the bank ac« 
counts of unit managers. 


The cities under Correspondence in this issue ef Variety are 
as follows, and on pages: 











PROVIDENCE ...... 32 






The "Honey Bunch" show, which 
generally offers musical comedy 
hills, played a dramatic offering In 
•Little Pal" the early part of last 
week at the Hippodrome in Peoria, 
111., although the play was given 
musical trimmings. The company 
opened the season for that housa 

. and has held on week after week. 

I Curley Burns has established him- 
self as a favorite in that city. Other 
principals are Roy Kinslow, Thelma 
Fraley, Eddie Page and Wally 
Arnokl. Lynn (Jrlffln recently joined 
the company. The Pekin Trio 
provides a vaudeville feature. 

clean-cut and work with snap and 
zest that stamp them as leaders 
In their line of work. The act can 
hold almost any spot on any bill. 
Markel and Gay. man and woman 
singing and dancing with a special 
drop, did fairly good. Their singing 
la not much and was hardly audible 
back of the tenth row. Dancing Is 
their real forte and the man la an 
exceptionally good acrobatic dancer 
with the girl doing some nice tap 
work. They made It kind of tough 
for the other dancing acta to follow. 
Redmond and Wells, last aeen 
around here in the pop houses, open 
with the woman seated In front of 
a gypsy tent telling fortunes to the 
man, who does a ituttering boob 
character. There la quite a bit of 
comedy In the first aeven minutes, 
but after that It goes into song and 
dance. The act would have fared 
better in a later spot. 

Edith Clasper and Co., three boys 
and one girl, open in "one" and go 
to full stage with a very classy 
singing and dancing turn. Miss 
Clasper has a knack of getting 
good-looking boys with her who can 
do something. The Trade Twins do 
some very good and difficult step- 
ping. Milt Collins was next. 

The midget turn opens with a 
futuristic scene of the Montmartre 
in Paris, with the entire company 
dressed as apaches, and also a jazz 
band. The rest Is the same as hAii 
been seen hero many times. Elkins, 
FaVs and Glking and Tango Shoes 
wero not seen at this show. 

There seems to be no pretense of 
arranging a vaudeville bill for the 
Majestic this week which will 
measure up to the requirements of 
the unwritten laws of vaudeville; 
all that has been attempted Is to. 
get together a bill which will satis- 
fy theatregoers who want to laugh 
and are attracted by the flash essen- 
tial In popular-priced variety shows. 
The eight acts seen Sunday night 
had three quartets among them, two 
revues, though one is that style 
of act in name only, and one act of 
the eight witnessed "The Av,t Beau- 
tiful," would be desirable for big 
time bills, and It was placed as one 
of the extra acts for Sunday. 

Joe Melvln opened the show with 
a juggling act, which is a first-class 
one-man offering of this kind, 
though lacking in novelty necessary 
for the best bilKs. 

Kingston and Kbner followed with 
a singing number, into which imita- 
tions are introducod with a dancing 
touch at the finish, making an act 
which will fulfill the demands of the 
small time. 

"The Blue Bird Revue" Is a 
mixed quartet, which has a blue sr ' - 
ting ard a song about the blue bird. 
It is a dej)arture from the usual 
lii^h clns.s .'■•iii;;iiii; act of -thi.s na- 
tiue. inasmuch as they have a 
popular song atul w.ijk "to .nnd fro 
(•n the stage without looking out of 

Murphy and Lo«Kiinr have an of- 
fering whitii miglit bQ styled "How 
t<» I'se a Big Woman in Vaudeville," 
for the jest.M nrv mustly aimed at the 
woman's rotundity and the big 


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shop scene offers opportunity for 
comedy. There are two J«w comics 
and five men in all, four of them 
serving twice in the act as a quar- 
tet. It is a fine laughing number 
for popular-priced heuses. 

"The Act Beautiful" is a posing 
act In which pictures of the man 
and lady, horse and three dogs are 
employed to lead up to the poses, 
£«ach posing number was applauded 
and th% act is classy in every re- 

to the regular routine of booking 
the Clertrude Hoffman unit of Shu- 
bert vaudeville would come to Chi- 
cago next week, but as the show 
has already been here, used to open 
the season at the Garrick, it has 
been switched out Into cities which 
do not play Shubert vaudeville reg- 
ularly, playing some one night 
stands and Grand Rapids. The 
Hoffman show came back west as 
far as Cleveland on the regular 
route after Jumping from St. Louis 
to Baltimore to start west on the 

The "Success- unit, which has 
Nonette as headllner, has had a 
couple of weeks of break-in terri- 
tory between St. Louis and the 
Engelwood in Chicago, where it 
opens Sunday. The show did fine 

Nancy Boyer, who is a big stock 
drawing card, is touring the Michi- 
gan cities in a vaudeville playlet, 
"Mary Lou." supported by two 
members of her former stock or- 

Gus Sun has a suit against M07 
Toy, of the Crystal, Milwaukee, for 
commissions on shows booked in 
that house by Goney Holmes, who 
booked it previous to taking a desk 
in the International agency, organ- 
ized here last season under the 
Shubert name. C. L. Carrell booked 
the Crystal for a time after Holmes 
gave It up and has a claim against 
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4gina8res on contracts. The Crystal 
is now playing the Fred Webster 
att^k lablold company Instead of 

MArion Weever, wife of Ed 
Weever, who operates stock coni> 
jMinles. is in £1 Paso, Texas, for 
Imt health. , 

The Independent ticket agrents are 
getting a "break" in the last two 
weeks, as they got In for a few 
tickets on "Kempy" at the Selwyn 
theatre and on a buy of 200 seats 
a night at the Olympic, which is 
liousini9 "Shuffle Along." which is 
broving one of the few real hits that 
have occupied that theatre. 

Mrs. Billy Diamond, wife of the 
Chicago booker, took a motor trip 
to St. Louis, accompanying Mr& 
John Bentley. wife of the artists' 
representative. , ,. ^, 

, George Beotley. who claims to 
have 60 theatres on his books play- 
ing one. two and three-night stAnds, 
Is reported to have made an offer to 
Jsck Fine to be his Chicago repre- 
sentative. The offer of Bentley is 

particularly interesting at this time, 
as the Western Vaudeville Man- 
agers' Association has announced 
the opening of a St. Louis branch 
office. , , ^ 

Lew Kane has reached Chicago 
from the coast to conduct profes- 
sional nights for Ernie Young at 
Marigold Garden and will also han- 
dle the New Year's Eve celebration 
there. Kane is credited with being 
well qualified to exploit and handle 
such "big nights." 









. This Weak (Nov. 27) 

Orpheum, Seattle 

At the OrpheUm, Thompson, the 
Eigyptian, headlining, proved un- 
usual for vaudeville. There is noth- 
ing mysterious about Thompson's 
act. while h4s lecture and demonstra- 
tion of curing ailments and pain by 
nerve pressure is based on ancient 
scientific methods, he says. Sunday 
night he did 27 minutes. Thompson 
is a convincing talker and showman. 
Despite that no one from the audi- 
ence went upon the stage he won 
the confidence of the house, which 
gave him a rousing reception. 

Dooley and Sales made a power- 
ful next to closing turn. Dooley's 
comedy antics, cleverly abetted by 
Miss Sales while looking fine, 
coupled with excellent material, 
caused a near laugh panic. Pear- 
son, Newport and Pearson regis- 
tered for a big h4t with their novel 
dance acrobatic etunts. The act 
contains good comedy elements. 
Burke and Durkin did extremely 
well with their singing and piano, 
and had to give numerous encores. 
Burke made a fine impression, both 
with his appearance and strong de- 
livery. Santrey and his band raised 
a hubbub. Harry and Anna Sey- 
mdur repeated quite well when 
showing in the second position. 
Hackett and Delmar held them sur- 

prisingly with their neat but rather 
lightly constructed dance revue. 
The Gregory Carlton Duo were out 
of the show, while Harold Alberto 
opened with magical nonsense and 
chatter. . ^ 

Pantages' has a good bill headed 
by the Rigoletto Brothers and 
Swanson Sisters. The versatile 
brothers and attractive sisters cre- 
ated their usual interest closing the 
show. The act remaine unchanged. 
Bernard and Roblyins provided the 
mcAt laughs of the bill. This splen- 
did comedy vehicle is exceptionally 
handled. Kennedy and I^ooney 
were also a comedy success. Miss 
Rooney makes several attractive 
changes, and Kennedy's bit at the 
piano had the house continually 
laughing. Tuck and Clare were next 
to closing, and their clever routine 
of contortion and comedy acrobatic 
twists deserves the position. Daly, 
Mac and Daly, two men and a girl, 
are ej^cellent. The younger fellows 
whirling, on rollers, being partic- 
ularly effective. Eva T)e Vol pos- 
sessing an excellent voice but lack- 
ing poise a^d wearing a most un- 
becoming goWn held the second spot. 


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Stevens and Marchall headline the 
current bill at the Golden Gate with 
a comedy sketch running 20 min- 
utes. Miss Marshall appears as a 
nurse, stating she killed 10 the pre- 
vious night. Stevens, overhearing 
the remark, enters with a stew 
hang-over. He is surprised at find- 
ing a woman's apparel in his apart- 
ment and imagines he did the kill- 
ing. The hallucination continues 
until the finish, when it developes 
that it was 10 bottles of booze that 
were killed. The act affords Stev- 
ens opportunities to display his 
dramatic and comedy ability. He 
also inserts a Frenchy song cap- 
ably. Miss Marshall does nicely in 
the lesser role. The principals and 
sketch scored successfully. Atwell 
artd Dryden (New Acts) were follow- 
ed by D. D. H.? straight from the 
old Orpheum, who was a tremendous 
hit. An earned speech jj^receded the 
succeeding turn. Rose, Ellis and 
Rose closed with an interesting 
barrel Jumping routine. Lawton 
gave the performance its. start with 
juggling. His cannon ball stunts 
proved quite thrilling. The AndrielT 
Trio deuced it. offering a neat ap- 
pearance and Russian dancing above 
the average'in quality. An eccentric 
mask dance by the girl and some 
fast ground work by the trio i^ot 
heavy returns. The personnel is 
made up of two men and a girl. 

six-day week. As a result the man- 
agers have called a big mass meet- 
ing at which it is hoped to arbitrate 
the matter. The stage hands also 
have put in a demand for their 
former salary. 

The Monterey Theatres Company, 
controlling three houses, has sold 
out to T. and D. Jr. Enterprises. 

Herbert Harris, manager of the 
Jack Russell Co. at the Century. 
Oakland, celebrated his 26th birth- 
day last Wednesday night. The 
house attaches and members of the 
musical comedy show arranged a 
party for the occasion, which came 

as a surprise for young Harris. A 
mahogany desk from the stage 
nands and a platinum watch valued 
at 11.500 from his father, Sam Har- 
ris, were among the gifts presented 
to the young impresario. 

Evans Burrows Fontaine leaped 
into the limelight\ again last week, 
when a suit for $80 was filed 
against her by a Berkeley, Cal., gro- 
cer, who alleges that the pretty 
dancer left town suddenly, and also 
left a trail of unpaid bills. 

Miss Fontaine was featured r«« 
cently in a ^Pacific production of 
"Be Careful, Dearie." which expired 
at the Curran here after a few 

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The Golden Gate is offering spe- 
cial bargains matinees at 25 cents. 
The price formerly was 40. These 
prices, however, do not prevail 
Saturdays or SuiPdays. 

Creighton Hale, picture actor, filed 
suit here last week against the Mo- 
tion Picture Utility Corporation of 
San Francisco for several thousand 
dollars, alleged to be due him for 
stories and services. 

E. A. Schiller,* Loew's general 
manager. Is in San Francisco visit- 
ing. Marcus Loew is expected in 

San Francisco shortly. 

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The musician's union has sent an 
official notice to the theatrical man- 
agers announcing its demand for a 

Frank Bacon 

To the glo-wing tributes 
of a££eetion and regard 
given to the late Frank 
Bacon, I. Miller humbly 
acknowledges the 
spirit oz generous,, 
human sympathy- that 
^is typical of the theatri- 
cal profession and par- 
ticularly evident in die 
life of noble Lightnin' 
Bill Jones. 


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chautauquasy musical comedy, opera, sp^- 
taclesy banquets and other elite events. 

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display advertising, for six 
months or a year. 

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so natural with his presence. His Highness gives your musicale that touch of class known only to 
those qualified to wield the sceptre of Royalty. His Royal Highrfess sings, yodels, dances, imperson- 
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With Morosco announcing re- 
newed production activity and 
Walter Hast casting his theatrical 
lot with Franlc Esran. planning pro- 
ductions at Egan'8 Little, the rialto 
is pricking up its ears again. Tom 
Wilkes, too, promises a busy sea- 
son for his Majestic company, with 
several new plays to be tried out. 
The smaller houses — tho?e on Main 
and Spring — are drawing their share 
of receipts. Business is not Imd 
considering the Christmas hold- 
back is on. 

The California is augmenting Its 
musical features. Jim Quinn is now 
in ^harge of that department. 

Louise Dresser impersonated a 
cabaret girl in the banquet tendered 
the Paramount delegates at Laaky 

Jack Gardner leaves shortly for 
the east. 

The Majestic is giving a very 
creditable performance of George 
Cohan's "The Meanest Man in the 

The oldest son of Monroe Lathrop, 
dramatic critic of The Express, died 
last week. 

Its cost is gauged to fit any- 
one, and it is not expensive 
pMicitv, hut iCs good public- 
it\f — of the ^mJ }fou will like. 

Make Variety your press 
agent — it's the best — it's 
the cheapest at the half or 
full year rates, and it takes 
your publicity all over the 

James Neill is directing the Ma- 
jestic stock organization. 



I Without experiencing the slight- 
est difficulty, even though the com- 
pany she was traveling in Was not 
the slowest in the world, Fanny 
Brice tops the bill at the local Keith 
house this week. She is head and 
shoulders above everything else on 
the bill. In next to closing, she 
held a house that was anxious to 
be on its way at the Monday mati- 
nee, and it is doubtful if another 
femilo singer could hate done the 
job as well. 

AVorktng for 25 minutes at the 
matinee. Miss Brice trotted forth 
moat of her atuflf, and it appoared 
at the end, judging from the con- 
fusion that existed In tho orche.stra 
pit. that she did a bit more than 
usually. Her orchestra leader left 
the pit just as »he started her final 
bit, a little prose about "la your 
fafber'.s check good?" 

Starting with her introductory 
number, which is one of the best 
slams sTalnst an artist well but not 
favorably known in straicrht musical 
comedy circles, she swudt into her 
Indian bit and followed tliis with 
her burlrsqtie Greclnn dan'^e. When 
she swuncr into "My Man." the Im- 
precision she bad left with her pro- 
vion.s burlesques remained to siirl) 
an ertent thnt there were sfvoral 

snickers. It didn't seem possible 
she was iroing to be serious. But 
she was. and for a passing heart 
throb there are few things belter 
than that "My Man" number. Some 
there are in the wofld who can ap- 
preciate it to the limit, and Fanny 
reaches those when they are' in the 
audience. She used her Florodora 
sextet bit and followed with "Sec- 
ond Hand Rose" to good effect. 

Opening. Mazie Lunette ran 
through her aerial novelty with 
satisfactory results. The conversa- 
tion she uses slows it up a bit be- 
! cause the stage setting is really 
good and her stunts are well per- 
formed. . ";■' 

Miller and Capman, hoofers, were 
second. The boys work hard and 
their hoofing registers, especially 
the "nut" stuff. 

"Come Into the Kitchen." the 
Edgar Allen Wqolf playlet featuring 
Noel Traverg and Irene Douglis, is 
a little too early on the program for 
best effect. It is a combination of 
slapstick comedy that appealed to 
many in the audience. 

Irving Fisher, who should be very 
well acquainted with Boston audi- 
ences due to his long stay here with 
"Sally." was next. He opened with 
semi-classic numbers, but gets over 
much better when he swings Into a 
routine more suited to vaudeville. 
His closing number, the one he used 
over 700 times ir. the musical com- 
edy, is a hit from' the start and 
always good for closing. 

Lorraine and Minto are using 
their same dancing act with Mar- 
garet Davies. They can always get 
by with the "Moth and Flame" num- 
ber, a real novelty, which docs not 
seem to suffer denplte the idea has 
been used rather extensively by 
other dancing actSy* 

Florence (Buster) Santos and 
Jacque (Mary Jane) Hayes show 
what a couple of girls can do when 
they pos.sess personality, coupled 
with the singing abilify of one of 
them that created comment through- 
out. No attempt Is made to be seri- 
ous, but throuphout they maintain 
the idea of their billing — that they 
are out front for "No Reason at All," 
and that their sole idea is to 

Hym.aek with his novelty number, 
using full stage, is placed rather far 
up for such an offerifitr. At first 
the audience was mystlfled, hut 
when they got the hang of it liked 
it more and more. He did excep- 
tionally well and closed with a Win*r 

After Fanny Brice came Tamakl 

and Co.. the Japanese self-defense 
exi>onents, closing the show to a 
house that was exiting. 

About an HQ per cent, liduse Mon- 
day matinee. , 

Joe Dl Pesa. publicity man of the 
Selwyn. was in New York last week 
to get the low-down on the Selwyn 
hit. "The FooK" It is the intention 
of the Selwyns to put this show into 
the Boston house about next August. 

Infornwtton i^ill be 
given by mail or in per 
son at any V ar i e t y 

At most of the Boston houses 
t.iere was ntT extra matinee this 
week, the Wednesday mat. being 
shifted to Thanksgiving Day. Thr 
only exceptions were the Hollis and 
the Tremont. both hou^ies havinc 
their regular Wednesday afternoon 
shows with extra performances on 
the holiday. 

Richard Bennett, star of "He Who 
Gets Slapped." playing the Hollis 
was the speaker at the semi-monthly 
meeting of the Green Room club 
Tuesday. He spoke on "The Stage." 

The chori/s of George White'? 
"Scandals," playing the Colonial 
were guests of the management at 
the Park Sunday afternoon at th« 
matinee of "When Knighthood Was 
in Flower." 



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NEW DETROIT — "To the 
Ladies."* Next. David Warfleld In 
-Merchant ot Venice." 

OARRICK— Leo Dltrlchstein in 
•Under False I*retenaes." Next, 
Paulin* Frederick in "The Guilty 

SHUBERT — Bonstelle Players In 
•The School for Scandal." Next, 
•Bast Side. West SI'.." 

MAJESTIC— Woodward Players 
In "Welcome Stranger." Next, 

OAYBTY— 'TSIImlc World." 

•f Fun." 

MILES — Judson Cole. Lapine and 
Emery. J. K. Emmett, Bobby Pen- 
der Troupe and "Broadway Rose," 

REGENT— •^prirffetime Frivoll- 
tiee," "Stage Director," Coscia and 
Verdi. Homer Girls and "Grandma's 
Boy." feature picture. 

COLONIAL— (Shfedy vaudeville). 
Fred Terry and Co., Three Musical 
Pates, Nippon Du4l Larry Phllmore, 
Monte and Lyons and feature pic- 
ture. The Colonial is playing two 
amateur nights weekly to capacity, 


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and announced every Monday will 
be Band Concert Night. 

At the photoplay houses: "Knight- 
hood," Adama^ "Robin Hood," Or- 
pheum: "One Week of Love," Madi- 
son; "An Old Sweetheart of Mine." 
Broadway - Strand; "Clarence," 

Bijou-Arcade. Battle Creek. But- 
terfleld house, which has had per- 
manent stock since the opening of 
the season, inaugurated vaudeville 
and pictures, startlnr Nov. 26. .1 


PICTURES— Olympic. "Pride of 
Palomar"; State and Liberty, "Ebb 
Tide"; Grand. "The Man Who 
Played God"; Regent. "White 
Shoulders": Blackstone, "Without 
Compromise"; Cameo. "The Altar 
Stairs"; Cameraphone. "On the 
High Seas" and "Sure Fire Flint" 
(split) : Garden. "Cowboy and Lady" 
and "Clarence" (split). • , . 

M«w BaldM 
Ooloalal Tootu* 
PoBip. in Bronu 
and Whtt* Kid. 
Onf Sued*. 

BtMk 8aUn and aU Pataot ColtsMn . . . 

SIM I to t. A to EC SMtf far Catolafl V. 

Both bet 30th 
and 31st Sts. 

290 Fifth Ave. 
511 Sixth Ave. 

Elsie Ferguson proved strong op- 
position, holding forth at the Alvin 
in "Wheel of Life." though the pa- 
tronage Monday and Tuesday nights 
was moat of the carriage crowd, 
many of whonV^md seen "Sally" out 
of town. The fetter play, however, 
had one of the greatest advance 
sales ever recorded at the Nixon, 
and the week is a certain sell-out, 
with another week likely to pull in 
similar proportions. Dltrlchstein 


Taylor XX 

Strength oMsures 
long service 

Taylor XX is 
"cheap" at 


678 No. Halsted St 


in "Under False Pretenses" Alvin 

Margaret Anglin drew heavy at- 
tendance Monday in "The Woman 
of Bronae" at the Pitt It was her 
first appearance here In several 

George Jaffe is being sued by 
Jeanne La Mar, who some weeks 
ago did a physical cult *e and box- 
ing turn at his Academy during the 
engagement of Sam Sldman there, 
the latter having engaged her. She 
sets up that she only learned who 
her real boss was after going 
through her stunt for some time, 
and that JafTe defaulted in the mat- 
ter of he* salary. The matter is at 
issue in the County Court here. 

Black's Pala Royale is the leader 
among the local cabarets in the 
matter of orchestra, Ralph Harri- 
son's (no relation) ten-piece com- 
bination offering its stuff on the 
Whiteman plan. 

The Nova Operating Co., which 
operates the Avon at Watertown. 
explained through counsel that 
there was no willful intent to de- 
fraud, but that carelessness was re- 
sponsible for the tax delinquency. 

Syracuse police late last week 
Issued a warning against two men 
who, posing as movie photogra- 
phers, have been snapping pictures 
of children, collecting an advance 
fee. The men gave Eugene Logan, 
local movie man, as a reference, but 
Logan disclaimed knowing the pair. 

The local branch of the "musicians' 
federation has laid down a strict 
code for picture theatre musicians, 
for the avowed object of protecting 
both employers and workers, the 
prime rule being that the musician 
must notify the union of any con- 
templated change in position and 
receive Its sanction or disapproval. 

The Guild Players of Pittsburgh 
made their first public appearance 
of the season in Sewlckley with 
'tTruth About Rlayds." which was 
patronized by most of the Sewlck- 
ley social set. While the last two 
seasons promised success for the 
venture, no future dates or plans 
have been announced, owinc to 
financial uncertainty. 




DANCING. Also producing acts and amateur entertainments. 

Class lessons daily 11 to 12 A. M. Private lessons by appointmenL 

LON MURRAY, Associate Instructor 

Chalif Russian School for Dancing 




WIETL.'G— First half, "Marjo- 
laine": last half. Mrs. Flske In 

B. P. KEITH'S— Vaudeville. 

BASTABLE:— All week. "Playing 
with Fire." 

TEMPLE— Vaudeville. 

STRAND — All week, "OllYer 

ROBBINS-ECKELr— "Clarence.* 

EMPIRE— Ffrst anniversary week 
with "Sherlock Holmes." 

CRESCENT— "Monte Cristo.- 

REGENT— "The Eternal Flame." 

'Xaughlng Qas" is the name of 
the new comic opera written by D^:. 
J. Victor Wilson, managing dlrectdr 
of the Watertown houses of the 
Robblns chain. Wilson's first one, 
"A Lord for a Day," was given a 
Watertown home talent production 
last week. Lars Sorenson will write 
the score for the new piece. 

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Little Falls, long without a mod- 
em playhouse, is now slated to have 
two new theatres. '^". H. Linton Is 
back of the corporation that will 
erect the Palace, and the concern 
will soon be incorporited. Another 
corporation has purchased the site 
adjoining the tfcrkimer County 
Trust Co.. and will erect a play- 
house there. This concern has as 
Its backers. C. H. Moyer, connected 
with the Liberty theatre at Herki- 
mer; L E. Stacey, J. J. Gilbert and 
George Smith, of Little Falls, and 
Robert EarU of Herkimer. Mr. 

Freeport Home For Sale 

Sue Room House, All Mod' 
mm Convenience* 

Choice and Plea«ant Location Im 

FREEPORT, Long Island 1 

Reasonable Figure. 
AddreMi REALTY. Variety. New Tatk 

Moyer will take charge of the new 

Chartering of a $3,000,000 concern 
to be known as the Utlca Corpora* 
tlon, Robbine erflerprise. forecasts 
the rapid expansion of the Robblns 
theatrical holdings In this and other 
up -state cities, it became known 
today. The new corporation Is 
headed by Nathan L. Robblns. 

We Pure Financial 


But u>m mwut M>acate owa 


And dispose of our present 
V 9tock at any price . > 






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While They Last. 


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"Knighthood* will open at the 
Robbins-Eckel Sunday for an indefi- 
nite run. The rejular Eckel box 
office night prices will be charged 
at air performances. 

Although the Nova Operating Co.. 
of Watertown, indicted for failure 
to make full retur^ on war taxes 
to the Syracuse Imernal Revenue 
headquarters, escaped with a $250 
flne in Federal Court upon a plea 
of guilty, the revenue officers here 
Intend to demand Federal prosecu- 
tion of all cases on their docket. 



No. 110 

SWIFT and KELLY is one of the feature apts ap- 
pearing at Keith's Colonial, New York, this week. 
One of the bright assets of the set Is Tommy Swift's 
dressing. Recognized as one of vsudsville's best 
dressers. Tommy slwsys gets his clothes from EDDIE 
MACK. A nifty dresser, s elsssy boy snd s constsnt 
caller st 


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Ju«t a step East of Broadwar oa 4Cth Streat 
OTHER STORE: 1882 BROADWAY, Bet. 47tli * 48tk Sts. 


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BBRALD -EXAMINER. Chicago. 111. 
NOVEMBER 21. 1922 


Folka wl 


rho are busy dl«cowinir new 
pladeta In the terreatrial rcHlma of blue 
mar not be Jnterested — but there'* a 
brand-new star In the maklnf over at tho 
Oarrick Theatre thia weok and If real 
hard work and a verr plainly evident de- 
■ire to pleaae count for whut we've al- 
irars baen led to belleva ther mean, be 
has slrsady ' arrtvwL" 

You'll flnri him billed on the program 1 M. Cohan, himself, a comparlaon with want to write your ticket fur the week 

H.W MR. BID TOWNR8— and how he 
WORKS! Watching him on opening 
night made ua think Mr. Noah Webster 
must have been looking far Into tho 
future and forewelng MR. TOWNKH' 
swift-moving cai)ers when he put that 
much-meaning WOUK in his dictionary. 
His entry Into the arrangement of 
thinga is aa unostentatious and aa un- 
herai(le<l aj liia work Is complete — and 
delightful. Hecnlllng other daya across 
the font lights failed to bring to mind a 
hnr<ler worker, and It may please MR. 
TOWNKS to know that his erforts 
brought bark memories of the ever hard- 
worklog and ever-accompllahlDg George 

which we feel certain the younger mem- 
ber of the old "Four Cohans" vaudeville 
daya will RRree If he'll take a peep at 
MR. TOWNKS' work some day In the 
near future when Fate brings them Into 
the same town. 

Speed, ralchy comedy, earnest endeavor 
and all the iilher thing!^ ihat go to make 
up what wo today ciill "pep" are 
terlslic of MH. TOWNES' effort.i. If you 
don't hear him "put across" that thun- 
dering "Who'a Been Around?" song this 
week, you'll miss one of the cyclonic 
treats of the v&Ddcville season. 

And that's that — If you've been taktng 
our word for "vodvU*^ la the past and 


rather unu.vual sort of a "tip.* 
• • • 

There are other entertaining things In 
the cour.-^e of the week's entertainment. 
which Is Max Sptegpl's "Plenty of Pep." 
The pretty scenery, tho catchy music and 
the dancing numbers add a lot to the 
gayety of things. Emll Casper "black- 
faces" pleasingly, though we can hardly 
Agree with the program that he is "Hert 
Williams' double" by a big Jugful. 
'.Jimmy" Harton Is an extra added aN- 
traction, and we aubniit that his comedy 
dancing and skatint; fun are mu^h more 
entertaining than his "Jag" scene. 

Charlea Howard la a« comtcallr clevw 

aa always, and helps much toward keei - 
Ing the show moving rapidly. Miss Dollr 
Mornissey la especially pretty as ahe alnga 
"Tolhorrow" and ''Who'll Take My 
Place?" Mr. Townes' singing of "I'm 
Homesick," aa he and a quartet of giria" 
stand on a Pullman observation car plat- 
form, la another song hit. 
• • • 

Other treat* are provided by Ed and 
Mack Williama. who know how to danca 
—and do so; Barl Dewey, and Mabel Rog- 
ers, who have smart llnea and know how 
to handle thorn, and also dance nicely; 
Wyrlle Casper, who helps Bmil Casper 
pi>t over his blackface fun .and John 
Quigg and hla accordeon. 

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Nixon'a Victoria reopened Satur- 
day with a large attendance of out- 
of-town men. The theatre was 
burned last year. Repair work was 
Started at once under the direction 
of Harry A Hcnkel, who is local 
representative for the Nixon and 
Erlanger interests. The rebuilding 
of that historic playhouse in general 
effect is one of simple magnificence, 
making the Victoria equal to any 
other Baltimore picture hou»«». The 
Stanley Co. is interested and waa 
represented at the opening. 

Robert Wayne, formerly manager 
of Loew's Hippodrome here, has re- 
signed and has accepted a position 
Sn the stock company which George 
Marshall is operating at the Ly- 
ceum. His first role is that of Dr. 
Watrous, the coroner, in "The 
Nightcap." It Is expected that he 
will continue wl|h the company in 
other roles. Mr. Wayne became 
manager of the Hippodrome to suc- 

ceed George McDermlt, who re- 
signed to take control of the White- 
hurst theatres here, but who has 
since left to manage the Boro Park 
at Brooklyn. K.' E. A. Lake, for- 
merly a traveling representative for 
Marcus Loow, has been appointed 
manager of the Hippodrome, and his 
appointment as house manager 
makes him the youngest on the 

Wayne's position in the New Ly- 
ceum came to him as a Joke. He is 
a friend of Ek H. Curtis, director of 
the company, and met him on . e 
street recently. Jokingly he told 
him that he would like a part in the 
company, A few days later, when 
Curtis was casting for the new 
show, ho sent for Wayne, who is 
large, has wavy hair and is im- 
posing looking. He fits the part of 
the coroner to a "T." 




Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 

FORD'S— Billls Burke In "Rose 
Briar " ^ 

AUDITORIUM— "Lillom.* 

LYCEUM — "The Nightcap" 

MARYLAND— Keith Valideville. 

ACADEMY— "Rose Girl" (unit). 

PALACE^-^'The Bon Tons.'' 

GAYETY— Stock burlesque. 
FOLLY -MUTUAL— Burlesque. 
GARDEN-POP— Vaudeville and 
"The Storm." 

HIPPODROME— Loew Vaudeville 
and "The Hound of th« Basker- 

CENTURY— "The Man who Saw 



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"Sally," which played at Ford's 
last week, did remarltabie business. 
"Sally" came in at $3.60, filling the 
lower floor almost entirely at the 
majority of performances and sell- 
ing out the balcony and gallery at 
each performance. The estimated 
gross for the week was about 
130,000. At the Auditorium Fay 
Bainter 4n "The Painted Lady" en^ 
Joyed excellent business despite the 
critics panned the show rather se- 
verely, picking it out as a bad 
piece of playwriting and suggesting 
many changes. They praised Miss 
Bainter's ^performance, however. 
BusineRs for the week probably 
touched over $12,000. 

flat. The Vaudeville portion was 
weak. However, it is worlda bet- 
ter than the "Oh, What a Girl" unit, 
which opened here and proved the 
prize lemon of the season. 

This week started off well at the 
Auditorium with a packed house to 
see "Liliom" and at Ford's Bltlie 
Burke was also given a good recep- 



LYCEUM— Mrs. Fiske in "Paddy," 
flrst half: "Marjolaine," last half. 

CORINTHIAN — Rochester Play- 
ers in "The Charlatan, ' last half. 

FAY'S— Shaw's Circus, Worslcy 
and Hiller. Hanlon and Clifton. 
Clinton Russell and company, Dun- 
levy and Chesleigh, "White and 
Barry; film feature, Lon Chancy m 
"Flesh and Blood." 

EASTMAN — "The Ghost-Break- 
er," with Wallace Reld. 

jrtlms— "East Is West," Regent, 
all week; "Trouble." Piccadilly, all 

Th^ vaudeville business 'at the 
Maryland started off with huge 
business Monday night and with all 
tickets for Thanksgiving Day sold 
out before the night was over. Three 
I performance will be given on the 
) holiday. The Academy's (Shubort 
, unit) business started ofl" with a 
poor Monday matinee, poorer than 
I \ifliial, but niffht business was excel- 
lent and will propably continue ro, 
1 due to the two-for-one plan wWrh 
the Shuberts have been using down 
here to boost business. It aided 
I materially with the "Gimme a 
Thrill " unit show. 

"The Rose Girl." which recently 
closed for repairs, reopened in Bal- 
timore, and although it was salia- 
factory from the standpoint of 
comedians and scenery, the entire 
performnnre seemed to fall ralhei 

Since the Rochester Players 
opened the Corinthian as a com- 



r 0~R t S M I T H ARK. 

munity house, with a high-class 
professional company, that house 
is rapidly coming back into its old- 
time popularity. Last week the 
company did the best business of 
its season so far, and critics here 
are agreed that the company is 
excellent. This nveek on the last 
three days It will present "The 

Stuart Walker's players present- 
ed "The Book of Job" Monday night 
at the Corinthian under the auspices 
of the Council of Jewish Women. 
Tuesday and Wednesday nights the 
Alhambra Players, Knights of Col- 
umbus, presented "The Girl of the 
Golden West," with Harold Heaton 
of the Rochester Players in the lead. 




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Dorothy Dodd 

^ (Formerly Dodd and Nelson) 

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Friday, December 1, 1922 






(0«c. 4-D«c. 11) 


•American Girl" 4 Gayety Mon- 
treal 11 Casino Boston. 

"Beauty Revue" 4 Colunribla 
Chicago 11 Star & Garter Chicago. 

"Big Jamboree" 4 Star & Garter 
Chicago 11 Empress Chicago. 

"Big Wonder Show" 4 Grand 
Worcester 11 Hurtig & Seamon New 

"Bon Tons" Gayety Washington 11 
Gayety Pittsburgh. 

•'Broadway Brevities" 4 Gayety 
Rochester 11-13 Colonial Utica. 

"Broadway Flappers" 4 Gayety 
Boston 11 Columbia New York. 

"Bubble Bubble" 4 Lyric Dayton 
11 Olympic Cincinnati. 

"Chuckles of 1922" 4 Miners Bronx 
Now York 11-13 Cohen's Newburg 
14-16 Cohen's Poughkeepsie. 

"Finney Frank" 4 Gayety Mil- 
waukee 11 Columbia Chicago. 

"Flashlights of 1923" 4 Gayety 
Omaha 11 Gayety Minneapolis. 

"Follies of Day" 4 Gayety Buffalo 
11 Gayety Rochester. 

"Folly Town" 4 Hurtig & Sea- 
i;non'a New York 11 Empire Prov- 

"Giggles" 4 Colonial Cleveland 11 
£mpire Toledo. 

"Greenwich Village Revue" 4 
Gayety St. Louis 11 Gayety Kansas 
City. . 

"Hello Good Times" 4 Majestic 
Jersey City 11 Miner's Bronx New 




160 W. 45th St.. New York City 

Two Donra East of Broadway 
10% OlMeuat t« N. V. A.'t fr«M an N. V. A. 

"Hippity Hop" 4 L O 11 Gayety 

"Keep Smiling" 4 Palace Balti- 
more 11 Gayety Washington. 

"Knick Knacks" 4 Casino Brook- 
lyn 11 Miner's Newark. 

•Let's Go" 4 Gayety Detroit 11 
Empire Toronto. 

"Maids of America" 4 Orpheum 
Patterson 11 Majestic Jersey City. 

"Marion Dave 4-6 Colonial Utlca 
11 Gayety Montreal. 

"Mimic World" 4 Empire Toronto 
11 Gayety Buffalo. 

"Radio Girls" 4 Olympic Cincin- 
nati 11 Park Indianapolis. 

•Reeves Al" 4 Empire Toledo 11 
Lyric Dayton. 

•Rockets" 4 Columbia New York 
11 Empire Brooklyn. 

"Social Maids" 4-6 Cohen's New- 
huig 7-9 Cohen's Poughkeepsie 11 
Casino Brooklyn. 

Step Lively Girls" 4 Empress 
Chicago 11 Gayety Detroit. 

"Step on It" 4 Gayety Minneapolis 
11 Gayety Milwaukee. 

"Talk of Town" 4 Casino Boston 
11 Grand Worcester. I 

"Temptations of 1922" 4 Empire | 
Providence 11 Gayety Boston. 

"Town Scandal" 4 Empire Brook- 
lyn 11 Casino Philadelphia. 

"Watson Billy" 4 C^ayety Pittsburg 
11 Colonial Cleveland. 

"Watson Sliding Billy" 4 Casino 
Philadelphia 11 Palace Baltimore. 

"Williams Mollie" 4 Miner's 
Newark 11 Orpheum Patterson. 

"Wine Woman and Song" 4 Park 
Indianapolis 11 Gayety St. Louis. 

"Youthful Follies" 4 Gayety Kan- 
sas City 11 L O. 

xuTUAL cnicniT 

"Baby Bears" 4 Gayety Iioulsville 
11 Broadway Indianapolis. 

"Band Box Revue" 4 Bijou Phil- 
adelphia 11 Folly Baltimore. ^ 

"Broadway Belles" 4 L O 11 Band 
Box Cleveland. t 

"Follies and Scandals" 4 Plaza 
Springfield 11 Howard Boston. 

"Georgia Peaches" 4 Broadway 
Indianapolis 11 Lyceum Columbus. 

"Girls a la Carte" 7-9 Holyoke 
Holyoke 14-lC Majestic Wilkes- 

"Heads Up" 4 Majestic Albany 11 
Plasa Springfield. 

"Hello Jake Olrls** 4 Gayety 
Brooklyn 11 Lyric Newark. 

"Jazz Babies'* 4 Lyoeum Colum- 
bus 11 New Empire Cleveland. 

"Jazz Time Revue" 4 Olympic 
New York 11 Star Brooklyn. 

"Kandy Kids" 4 L O 11 Olympic 
New York. 

"Laftin Thru 1922" 4 Mkjestic 
Wilkes-B%rre 11 Majestic Scranton. 

"Lid Lifters" 4 Lyric Newa.-k 11 
L O. 

"London Gayety Girls" 4 Howard 
Boston 14-16 Holyoke Holyoke. 

"Mischief Makers" 4 Star Brook- 
lyn 11 Empire* Hoboken. 

"Mont« Carlo Girls" 4 Empire 
Hoboken 11 Gayety Brooklyn. 

"Pace Makers" 4 Band Box Cleve- 
land 11 Garden Buffalo. 

"Pell Mell" 4 Garden Buffalo 11 
Park "Utica. 

"Pepper Pot" 4 Park Utica 11 
Majestic Albany. 

"Playmates" 4 New Empire Cleve- 
land 11 Peoples Clnclnati. 

"Runaway Girls" 4 Majestic 
Scranton 11 Bijou Philadelphia. 

"Smiles and Kisses" 4 Peoples Cin- 
cinnati 11 Gayety Louisville. 

White Pat 4 Folly Baltimore 11 
L O. 

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Adair Jack 

Braaae Stella 
Bothwell Lyda 
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Bothwelt L.ila 
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Barry Dixejr 
Bryan Leo 
Burns Pete 

rhadderton LiHian 
Cross Oso 
Crais Mol 
Coburn Vera 
Carol Al 
Conner Violet 

Dwiffht & Kump'ey 
Day Geortjo 
Dixon T J 

Earle Bobby y 

Francis Mari* 
Freehand Bros 
Fair Polly 
Fields Buddy 

Gardner Aubrey 
Garble Al 
Gambouni Mrs 
Oor'n's Dain'y J Co 
Gibson Plorencs 
Gibson Hardy 
Oleaaon L.ew 

Hanley Mack 
Hinkel A Mae 
Harvey Henry A G 
Iverson Fritzle 

Kasler Clark* S 

Klein Mrs J O 

Lonr Robert C 
Layman Viola 
Lewis Lew 
LaFrance Bros 
Lekmann Max 
Lopez J R ' 
Lovely Louis* 

McCurdy Mr 
.Mitchell Otis 
Malloy Miss Pat 
MKxneld Harry O 
Marks Albert 

Nalyda Rose 
Newman Bea 
Nanahlne Bob 

Onrl Mrs Dolly 

Ponsford \'1rffinla 
Palmer Fred J 

Raines A Avery 
Rogers Allan 
RoRers 'Wilson 
Richards Mrs W F 

8immons James D 
Searles Artbur 
Sealer Ethel 
Spengler Ralph 
Sullivan Mr A Mrs 
Smith Billy 

Theodore Carl 

Vernon Ruby 

the two showings of "The Skia 
Game" at the Spreckels recently, th« 
second night drawing better than tha 

PICTURE^ — Superba. "Golden 
Dreams"; Colonial, "Love Is An 
Awful Thing"; Rialto, "The HSund 
of the Baskervilles"; Pickwick, 
''Anna Ascends"; Plaza. "Skia 
Deep": Cabrillo, "The Impossible. 
Mrs. Bellew. • 

Frank Gregory,^ director of the 
Lincoln Pank band of Los Angeles, 
Cal., for the past eight years, died 
in that city, Nov. 7. age CO. He was 
born and educated in Italy. 

The city of Lindsay, Cal.. will hold 
Its first annual community exposi- 
tion and citrus show Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 
under the auspices of the chamber 
of commerce. There will be the 
Usual amusemortt and concession 

\Toody Arch 
Williams C B 
Wallace Jeaa 
Walsh Bud 
Wechter Lenor* 
Ward Larry 




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Wilson William 



Numerous picture stars attended 
the ceremony of cornerstone layingr 
at the Sawyer-LUbin Studios at 
Orossmont. and the number of 
people present was estimated at 
16,000. , 

Post No. 4. Disabled Veterans of 
the World War. of San Diego^ Cal., 
will sponsor a carnival from Nov. 27- 
Dec. 3. Snapp Bros, shows will 
furnish the amusement features. 

Th* trial of Hasel Hirsch at 
Mineola, L. I., set down for last 
Monday, was adjourned until next 
Monday (Dec. 4). She is charged 
with havingr shot her husband. WaU 
lie Hirsch, in Freeport, last summer. 

Only medium houses atten«^ed 


about graftinir a Paclcard gland 
on a Ford first appeared in 
do without it if you want the 
newest of the new monologues, 
double cross-fire sidewalic con- 
versations, single gags. etc. — and 

No. 9 is now ready. For $15 
I will send a full year (12 issues) 
beginning either with current 
issue or No. 1. 

Single copies are $2, or any 4 
for IS or 9 for 1 10. 


The largeut fur stock 
in the country to 
choose from and at a 
•aving of at least ^ 

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Nov. 24 

Eernle registered the applause 
high mark of the night with his 
dozen musicians in what is probably 
the best band act for vaudeville 
i^ : as yet has been staged. 

Bernie has procured 12 (no one 
knows from where, with the num- 
ber of musicians In band combina- 
tions already worklngX clean-look- 
ing boys, including two cornet play- 
ers, who double on French horns, a 
duo of pianists, three sax players, 
also wailing on clarinets, trombone, 
banjo, dnimin«r, bass horn and two 
Ylolino, with hlmjBelf. which takes 
th« total to 13. They play— and 
bow they play! Besides which there 
Is Bcrnle'a continual chatter that 
by actual count registered 24 real 
laugha Interspersed between the 
live regular numbers and two en- 
cores gone through. The regular 
running time, previous to the first 
curtain and Including the quintet 
€f mapped out melodies. Is exactly 
18 minutes. That makes the band 
act also a comedy turn of a laugh 

a minute average, besides the music. 
That Bernie is set for a swing 
around the big time houses In this 
locality goes without saying. 
Whether he'll ever go out of New 
York Is questionable, as It's an 
odds-on choice the orchestra will be 

taken by a restaurant shortly — If 
there's any that can pay him real 
coin outside of a certain established 
chain. But where Bernie's value to 
vaudeville lies is In his showman- 
ship, personality, ability to get 
close to the house and a substance 
of conversation that sparkles with 
a quantity of material that Is likely 
to be "lifted." Particularly Is this 
80 of his arrangement of a Hebrew 
band playing- the Gallagher and 
Shean ditty. It's a new twist to the 
oft repeated melody, and done so 
well that at the Monday matinee 
the house didn't applaud, but simply 
called out for a repeat on the num- 
ber. In the evening It was the 
wallop of the act. 

Bernie has an act — not Just a 
band or a series of Instrumental 
numbers — and that's not forgetting 
there's been plenty of "combina- 
tions" ahead of him at the Palace, 
some of them rated as the best. As 
a band act for vaudeville that is 
vaudeville, Bernie's ranks them all. 


Nov. 21 



Ben Bernie and Orchestra Score 
Triumph at the Openina 
Hilarity and melody dominate the 

current bill at B. P. Keith's Palace 
theatre. It is vaudeville of top de- 
cree, presented artistically. At the 
conclusion of the opening perform- 
ance, every seat occupied, the spec- 
tators applauded. This may well be 
called favorites' week at the Palace. 

Ben Bernie and bis orchestra, 
playing the Palace for the first 
time, following the best dance music 
orchestras in this country, set a 
standard it will be difficult to sur- 
pass. Mr. Bernie and his musicians, 
twelve, exclusive of himself, score 
joyous success. 

Mr. Bernie. in addition to ability, 
po.ssesses personality. He outs 
quips at the expense of some of the 
men in the band, always laugh 

In announcing that an operatic 
selection Is to be played he specifies 
"Hot Lips." from "Samson and 
Delilah." The band's knockout Is 
the Jewish conception of "Mr. Gal- 
lagher and Mr. Shean.'* 

Nov. 22 , 

The king Is dead, long live the 
king," attitude applies to the or- 
chestra playing the Palace, and tliia 
week Ben Bernie, with the Chifngo 
orchestra, la reigning king. Orcht .<»- 
tras that have gone before are for- 
gotten, while the last few bars b< ins 
played by the orchestra of ilie day 
are drowned in applause. 

Ben Bernie and his orchestrn 
opened the second half, and knotked 
'em cold, as recorded above. That 
orchestras can still be served to 
theatregoers with an entirely new 
dressing Is proved by this unusiial 
combination of real comedy plus 
good music. Individually and col- 
lectively the muslciins are far above 
the average, a'ld Hpu Hernle knows 
how to sell the on'hosti'a and him- 
self at above par. whh'h is high in- 
deed. Interval.-? iM'oujiht clevor gags 
and laughs from neriiie. the orv^hes- 
tra resting in the me.intime. When- 
ever the music started it ended with 
a genuine punch. "Hot Lips" and 
other popular tunes gave different 
ones a chance to shine, while "Mr. 
Gallagher and Mr. Shean." which 
did much for other orchestras, one 
In particular, was cause enough for 
an almost unpracedented wow. 

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A newcomer t-i the Palace is Ben 
Bernie. who mn<t b? added to the 
list of great daiioe directors along 
with Paul \Vliit»'man. Ted Lewis and 
Vincent Lopez. liernle is a good 
musician, an entortaljiing comedian 
and a clever showmnn. His orches- 
tra made good in a hard spot. 

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Nov. 28 

Ben Bernie* s Orchestra 
Popular at the Palace 

Patrons Call Him Back 
Many Times for Fun and 

Ben Bernie is leading his orches- 
tra for the second week at the Pal- 
ace, and 1 found .something in the 
nature of an ov.ition waiting for 
him yesterday. After he had mixed 
music and fun for more than the 
allotted time, the management had 
to send him out twice with the 
lights up to pacify the customers 
who were clamoring for another 

Direction MORRIS & FEIL 



Fred Stone In "Tip-Top" con- 
cluded his second week at the Ohio. 
Attendance during the first three 
days of the week was light but 
grew better. Gross for the second 
week, <16.000 as compared with 
$22,000 for the first week. The com- 

?any splits this week between 
oledo and Dayton. The Six IJrown 
Brothers left Cleveland at the end 
of the engagement to appear in 
"The Bunch and Judy," which 
opened at the Globe, New York, 

Mrs. Leslie Carter and John Drew 
In "The Circle" at the Hanna played 
to big audiences last week. The 
presence of these distinguished 
stars drew to the Shubert house a 



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host of personages that made the 
orchestra appear as though' the 
audience had been selected from 
"Who's WTio in Cleveland." 

"The Bird of Paradise** com- 
pleted an engagement of a fortnight 
at the Metropolitan with Ann 
Reader as "Luana" and the Royal 
Hawaiian Band. It apparently 
wore out Its welcome because the 
McLaughlin Players were greeted 
with light attendance wlilch aggre- 
gated only 50 per cent, of the first 
week's receipts. Sunday "The Night 
Cap" opened to a light matinee, but 
an excellent evening audience. 


Gertrude Hoffman's "Hello Every- 
body," at the State, Shubert unit 
house, was by far the best unit 
there this season. The newspaper 
reviewers were unanimous and en- 
thusiastio In their comments, but 
the attendance was Incommensu- 
rate with the excellence of the at- 
traction. Hanneford Family added 
attraction. This theatre, as a fur- 
ther bid for popular favor, an- 
nounces 1,000 orchestra seats at 25 
cents at all matinees excepting 

She looks her best on the sUgel In 
any setting — in brilliant light or dim 
— she is always herself. Why? Be- 
cause her make-up — her preparation 
—is perfect. 

Careful artlttt rtly on L«ichner's Toilet 
Preparation* and Theatrical Make-up to 
shield the charm of their complexion and 
the beauty of their line* from the glare 
and shadow of atage light. Be sure you 
get Leichner's for your own make-up. 
Whatever you >want — powders, greasa 
paints, creams or rouges— say Lelchner't 
—-It play • your part best I 

At your druggist or supply house 



Sole Distributors: GEO. BORGFELDT & CO, 16th St, and Irving PI., New York' 

Saturday and Sunday. The first unit 
to appear under the reduced rate 
was Weber and Fields In "Re- 
United." this week. 

Raymond Hitchcock was the 
headliner at Keith's Palace, with 
Mrs. Sidney Drew and company a 
good runner-np. This new theatre 
is enjoying an era of consistent 

Burlesque: Colonia, "The Radio 
Girls"; Star, stock; New Empire, 
"Pepper Pots." 

The Bandbox, variety house. Is 
giving away 6,000 season tickets 
good for an admission every week, 
to Ladies sending their names and 
addresses to the "Gift Dept." 

Films: S 1 1 1 1 m a n, "Trifiing 
Women." second and final week; 
Allen. "To Have and to Hold'; 
Standard. "Under Two Flags"; 
Loew's Park and Mall, "White 

"Knighthood" opened at the Still- 
man Nov. 26. The regular scale pre- 
vaihs. Feature exhibits five times 


SHUBERT— "The Perfect Fool." 
GRAND— "Moonshine." 
GAYETY — "Hippity Hop," Col- 
umbia burlesque. 
GARDEN— Musical Comedy stock. 
ORPHEUM— Vaudeville. 
PANTACJES— Vaudeville. 
MAINSTREET— Vaudeville. 
GLOBE— Vaudeville. 

Photoplays— "Skin Deep." Royal; 
"Clarence," Newman; "Up and At 
'Em." Malnstreet; "Oliver Twist," 
Liberty; "The Jilt." Globe; "Under 
Two Flags," Pantages. 

Business theatrically was hardly 
up to expectations last week In spite 



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of the widely-advertised American 
Royal Stock show, counted upon to 
bring thousands of out-of-town 
visitors to the city. There were 
many In but they failed to make 
much of a dent In the regular at- 
tendance. Mclntyre and Heath, at 
the Shubert, drew .their regular fol- 
lowing, but their this season qffer- 
ing was not up to previous produc- 
tions. The show opened big Sun- 
day night but dropped for the bal- 
ance of the week, grossing around 

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The opening performance of "Pil- 
grim's Progress,'' scheduled for 
Monday at the Grand, was post- 
poned on account of inability to get 
the scenic effects completed and 
l)laced on time. The presentation 
was the first effort of the Religious 
Drama Producing Company organ- 

ised here some few weeks ago and 
financed by local husIncHS men. It 
Is the Intention of the company to 
produce a big religious drama each 

Albert Ia Strode, advertlalng 
manager for the Grand, who has 
been very 111 at the Lutheran Hos- 
pital with blood poisoning, !■ re- 
ported to be much Improved and 
thought to be out of danger. 



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The Curtain Rises ' 

Introducing the Beautiful Eaton 

Andrew Geller presents the "Eaton," selected 
from a vast assortment of equally attractive 
models, for your patronage. 

It Is fashioned In brown, black and grey suede 
or patent leather and Mack «atin, with self or 
contrasting novel and unique braid effect. 


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Friday, December 1, 1928 



Sensational ^nist 
and Conductor 

NOW PLAYING AT THE TENT, N«w York Society's ''Rondezvous" 

"Orchestras Extraordinary" 

The New Willard The BelleYue-Stratford 


which asks for $250 damages for the 
imllcensed performance of "Ka- 
Ltj-A." Maurice Richmond, Inc., is 
alHo 8uing Jacob Goldberg, who runs 
the Shuffle Inn in Harlem's black 
belt, for the same reason, alleging 
"Mello Cello," a Richmond number, 
was performed without permission. 


(Continued from page 9) 
$750 a. week for a single place and 
aj high as $2,000 a week for a group 
are "visited," with tho only deduc- 
tion that the money isn't split 
enough ways. As there are no 
comebacks or outs, anyone neerlected 
may make trouble at any time and 
get away with it. The easy money 
boys should district the cities and 
countries, because as they kill off 
the places they shut oCf their rev- 
enue. When bootleggers are agree- 
able to give up their lucrative trade 
to accept official positions in con- 
nection with liquor. It's proof in a 
way there is more monf^y in going 
after liquor than in selling it. 

A Coast band that had been 
touted to be on a par with some 
other musical organizations from 
the west which came east and 
scored, failed to impress here in a 
showing. A press agent was en- 
gaged but his term of office was 
brief, because he walked out. He 
stated his salary, expecting" to have 
the leader counter with a pmaller. 
The answer came the next day, 
when the leader borrowed $10 from 
the press agent. At the time the 
latter was invited to lunch the fol- 
lowing day. The Coast musician 
explained he didn't like "lho.«o l^ide 
otreet joints" and in.stead picked 
out a dinini;r place on an avenue no 
better than the others if more popu- 
lar. When they were ready to go 
the leader made out a check for 
420 drawn on a Canadian banl; and 
handed it to the press agent, Buy- 
ing half was the sum borrowed and 
the balance in cash wouJd be wel- 
come as change. Dut the press 
agent had no money, or .s.iid he 
didn't, ojid went outside. Tho 
leader argued with tlie rosuiurant 
management, finally rushing out- 
side but leaving hia overcoat '.vithin 
as security. 

August Janssen of the Hofhrau 
House, New York, has brought suit 
in the U. S. District Court a^rainst 
Edward C. Yellowley, acting Fed- 
eral prohibition director in >;ew 
York city, to recover over 125 
separate items of liquor seized by 
Prohibition Agent Julin P. O'Xoill 
Auir. 17 last. Jan.ssen aHo;?es that 
U. 8. Commissioner Samu<'l M. 
Hitchcock recommended it.s return, 
but that Yellowley is wilfully with- 
holding it in the Knickerbocker 
warehouse. Janssen's grievance is 
that the fourth and fifth floor of the* 
Hofbrau house premlnes at 1214 
Broadway, New York, are his 

private abode, where his family has 
been living for 23 years and that 
the intrusion of the prohibition 
agent, though armed with a search 
warrant, and the breaking down of 
the door leading to his rooms, con- 
stituted a violation of his rights as 
a citizen under the fourth and fifth 
constitutional amendments. Jans- 
sen claims the damage exceeds 
$6,000 and asks the court to fix 
damages in his favor in addition to 
giving him back his liquor. • 

Billy B. Van, James J. Corbetts 
vaudeville partner, as a result of 
his hotel enterprise in the summer 
of 1519, had a judgment for $3,000 
entered against him in the New 
York Supreme Court by Mrs. Bea- 
trice A. Foster, who originally 
asked $20,000 damages to reimburse 
her for injuries alleged sustained 
in Van's hostelry at Georges Mills, 
New Hampshire, known as the Van 
Harbor Casino. Mrs. Foster al- 
leged that her fractured ankle and 
other injuries sustained through a 
fall from a piazza were caused by 
,Van's personal negligence in not 
properly lighting and guarding the 
passageway. A jury before Justice 
McAvoy Oct. 10, last, awarded the 
plaintiff $4,000, but by subsequent 
stipulation Van agreed to pay only 
$3,000 in consideration for waiving 
his right to appeal. It was agreed 
she is to receive it at the rate of 
$50 weekly until the judgment is 
paid in full, plus a $100 Nov. 18. 

Liquor prices have not changed 
from the quotations in Variety of 
last week, with one exception; 
Johnny Walker (Scotch) in non- 
reflllable bottles at $80 a case, pur- 
chaser to make his own dellven'. 
The same source is offering all cor- 
dials, including Benedictine, at $80, 
also and under similar conditions. 

Thtt latest market quotations oti 
liquor in Chicago will interest those 
who have gin done up in Gordon 
bottles, though there is no pretense 
made it is the genuine, at $50 sin- 
gle case and $40 where two or more 
cases are pur6hased. White Horse 
Scotch at $120 a case and at $100 
in five -case lots. Black and White 
Scotch. $100. in single case lots. 
Bourbon. Waterfall and Frazier, 
$110 a case. Beer at many saloons 
at 2i and 30 a stein (which is noth- 
ing but a fair-sized glass). 

Caterers around New York who 
supply service for private dinners 
are being ed^ed out of business by 
the cabaret demand for waitors and 
mu.'^iiians. Their troubles reached 
a climax In the preparations for 
Thanksgiving dinner*. and 
Scotch waiters raised their de- 
mands for the serving of a dinner 
from $7 to $15 per man, declaring 
that extra restaurant work on the 
holiday would return them that 
much. One caterer got an estimate 
of $1,100 for a 20-piece orchestia 
for two ni?;ht.«<. but the en^ia^ement 
fell through because the customer 
wouldn't stand the tariff and gave 
his dinner in a hotel private dining 
room. The employment of Greek 
and Swiss waiters by private cater- 
ers is decreasing and the call for 
Englishmen and Scotchmen puts a 
premium on their services. 

John d« Salvio, proprietor of 
Jimmy Kelly's place on Sullivan 
street. New York, is being sued for 
copyright infringement by T. B. 
Harms, Inc., music publishers. | 

The first "Wine-Beer-Tobacco" 
trade exposition ever held will be 
staged in Chicago "upon Congres- 
sional action expected to follow the 
nation-wide repudiation of the Vol- 
stead law," according to announce- 
ments which come on the heels of 
the victory Nov. 7 for light wines 
and beer In Illinois. Jim Kerr, who 
staged the International Radio show 
at Chicago recently, is admittedly 
"the worlds greatest optimist" and 
took an option at 10 o'clock on the 
morning of Nov. 8. 

"The Wild ViHage," at the Rendez- 
vous, on West 45th street, with Gilda 
Gray the star attraction in the Gil 
Boag re.«;taurant, will undergo re- 
vision. The rearrangement of the 
room had a stage at the extreme 
rear, with the performance follow- 
ing the ei ding of dancing at 1 a. m. 
Besides Miss Gray there were some 
operatic vocalists and a chorus of 
four girls, also an "announcer," 
after the "Chauve-Souris" style, 
without doing much with it. 
A return will be made most likely 
to the /ormer manner of giving the 
show on the floor, with some other 
changes. Including redecoration, re- 
placing the "Russian" coloring 

The Rendezvous is retaining its 
hold upon the real society people 
of New York. Miss Gray is tlie at- 

John Parsons, of O.swego, N. Y., 
formerly chief field agent for fed- 
eral prohibition enforcement In 
New York state, who was "roasted" 
by the foreman of a metropolitan 
grand jury probing the latest 
hootch enforcement scandal, has re- 
fused to make any statement. Par- 


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sons was a close friend of William 
Brennan, agent in chsurge of the 
Syracuse headquarters, but there 
have been no developments there. 
Whereas in Albany and Now York 
there have been wholesale dis- 
missals, the Syracuse force remains 
unchange 1. The Syracuse enforce- 
ment record, while admittedly not 
perfect, is far more so than any 
other district in the state. 

Savoy and Brennan open at the 
Monte Carlo, New York, one of the 
Salvin cafes, next week. The p^^ir 

are getting $1,600 weekly for the 
cabaret engagement, which they will 
double into after the night perform- 
ances of the "Greenwich Village 
Follies," with which they are feat- 

Acceptance of an offer by a pair 
of state troopers to help him change 
a tire led to the arrest of a Fort 
Covington man, the seizure of a load 
of booze and the confiscation of a 
Cadillac car. The man was chang- 
ing a tire alotig the road between 
LowvlUe and Dekalb when the 
troopers came along and preferred 
their assistance, which he gratefully 
accepted. The coppers saw the au- 
tomobllist take a drink from a bottle 
which he had on the ground beside 
him and they decided to search the^ 
car. They found 14 sacks filled with 
bottles of Canadian ale, seven cases 
of assorted Canadian liquors, and 
one case of Gordon gin. 



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I hriiPaiil\V hiteinan, 
Inc., llie. ser\ ices of . 
L'cnuine l-aul ^Vliire- 
in:«n Orclu'.strav arc 
now available li^r con- 
tract work at Hotel, 
C aharet and Resort. . 

I he Service is cc>ni- 
plete, tno artisf" , men • 
\nIu> plav tor phono- 
;,raph re^.ords — and 
liu* cost iN surp'^i-'inylv 

WnA Wniti n\Ait Or- 
> he'^trav :ire :u<i»a\ail- 
.il'It *i^r \ a m."ti'N ill t 

It's pretty expensive business to 
forego "sugaring" along the booze 
trail from the border south, a Troy, 

N. Y., bootlegger is now convinced. 
Last woek he was robbed of a Pitok- 
ard C3LV, 25 cases of Canadian ale 
and one case of whiskey, and the 
week before he lost 45 cases of 
booze. The first steal was pulled 
off at Chestertown in the night time, 
a man in another car firing at the 
Trojan until he was forced to aban- 
don his automobile. The other rob- 
bery was perpetrated at the rum 
runner's place In Troy. The un- 
lucky victim reported the robberies 
to the Saratoga police, admitting 
that he was a bootlegger and declar- 
ing that he "didn't do any sugaring 
along the line." 

\Ni>rK in cunjutKlJon 
vvitli IvcaJHnc a^ls. 

H'rife or »irr for J,!' 

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ago became inoculated with th« 
vaudeville bug and decided to 
abandon the restaurant dates. He 
has changed his mind however and 
Is permanently stationed at Th« 

Brooke Johns has given up the 
idea of abandoning cabaret work for 
vaudeville. Instead he Is foregoing 
the latter and continues as the single 
handed entertainer at The Tent 
where he has built up a following 
In the past several months as a 
society draw. Johns has been in- 
creased in salary from $750 to $1,000 
at The Tent, exclusive of the sup- 
porting orchesra. Johns, after see- 
ing his name featured in front of 
the Palace and doubling with an- 
other local Keith house, two weeks? 

The followino have been engaged 
for the Ringside. v,'hich opered 
this v.'eek in the Earl Carroll The- 
atre Building: Tlu'lma Carleton, 
Murray and Wolff (female wres- 
tlers), Lillian Pearl. Connie Almy, 
Jean Sherrly, Bergen and Adams* 
Nat Mortan and Al Siegle's orches- 
tra, under the management of Wil- 
lie Leonard. 

Dorothy and Jay Hendricks hav« 
been engaged for the revue at th« 
Bongiavani, Pittsburgh. 

Marion Wirth and Florence Hou«« 
opened at tho Richmond Hotel, 
Richmond, Va., this week. 

A revue with fourteen people. In- 
cluding Josephine Savole, Lester 
Lane and Billie Shaw, will open 
next week at tho Beaux Arts.^ Phil- 
adelphia, booked by Harry Bestry. 








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(Continued from pag* t) 

fluJrman «nd * ehake-up la tz- 
pected iB the •ntlre peraoonel of 
the commlsaloB. liuldooa was ap- 
pointed by Governor Miller, and 4e- 
ppite Governor-elect Smith's etate- 
ment he la too buey to monkey with 
twxlng. It la understood the present 
eommisslon is to go. 

Gibson la the managrer of Benny 
l,eonard, world's lightweight cham- 
pion, and very close to the new 
Democratic administration In Al- 

■ ■ ■ ■ ^ 

A. H, Woods has jumped Into 
pugilistic managerial line-up by of- 
fering Jack Dempsey |1,000,000 for 
three boxing matches to be pro- 
moted by him within the next year. 
Doc Kearns, the champion's man- 
ager, admitted the ofCer was re- 
ceived, and stated it was acceptable, 
while the Woods office conveyed the 
iaapression the deal was sealed. Op- 
ponents for.Dempsey are now In or- 
der for proposal. The list is headed 
by Harry Wills, the colored heavyr 
weight, who appears to have an 
edge on all the sable scrappers. Joe 
Beckett is mentioned, but it is a 
question if the JSnglishman could 
create a real draw here in light of 
record of defeats by Frank Moran, 
never a topnotciier here, and his 
one -round dive from a punch by 
Carpentier. It Is possible Woods 
will bring Jess Willard into the ring 
against Dempsey. That depends on 
what happens to the proposed 
match between Jess and Floyd 
Johnson, a coast heavy, who he is 
supposed to meet in Buffalo soon. 


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' ' 417-419 S. Wabash Avenue 



A new angle to bootlegging is the 
kickback the rum runners have to 
make to those keeping them sup- 
plied with necessities outside the 
three-mile limit. A booze laden 
craft is generally so lacking in extra 
space that when sales are light the 
boat is forced to stay off shore from 
a week to 10 days, which leads to a 
shortage of drinking water. Whence 
the boys, running nothing but pure 
water, come in for their share of 
the booty, which is considerable 
when it is learned that the liquor 
peddlers oftimes advance them 
1100 for a day's supply. Owners of 
tugs have reported that more than 
125 an hour can be had for sopply- 
ing certain ships outside the limit, 
and the customs ofRcial^ know of 
no specific law being broken, no 
matter how clearly illegal the prac- 
tice is. 

From 40 to 60 legitimate theatres 
In Berlin have shut down because 
of the strike of stage artists that 
w«>nt hilo t^rr^t Ubt Saturday a^hL 
A minimum wage caused the con- 
troversy. Leading women of the 
various productions paraded the 
streets, while acting as pickets in 
front of the theatres. Theatrical 
owners and directors have an- 
nounced an agreement that they will 
not re-engage any of the strikers 
within a period of five years. 

Magistrate Charles A. Oberwager 
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agrainst Police Inspector James S. 
BolancU In which the restaurant 
man charged oppression hy the of- 
ficer In oomm&nd of the district 
containing a majority of New York's 
better class dance and eating estab- 
lishments. The Reuben place was 
raided S€t)t. 7 when it waa alleged 
a bottle of whiskey, found on the 
premlsefl, had been "planted" by an 
officer. The constant presence of a 
cop in the reutaurant caused the 

The Authors and Compoeere 
Society in Paris has iasued a cir- 
cular to all orchestras deploring the 
adaptation of classical music for 
dancing purpose!. The plea to put a 
stop to the so-called abuse has been 
complied with by a majority of the 
musical organizations outside of the 
colored Jazz bands. The French lay 
the blame to New York or importa- 
tions from this country. 

A night performance at the Park 
music hall on Columbus circle was 
recently held up for 20 minutes due 
to a fight back stage between the 
English and American chonis girls 
in the show. The Yankee con- 
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presence of the half dozen English 
girls while so many American show 
girls were out of work. The trouble 
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wife. The girl was permitted to pay 
h«r own passage back. 

Toung J. B. llarriman. prominent 
in New York and Waehlngton 
society circles, is studying for the 
stage. He has adopted a profes- 
sional name to hide his identity. 

Florence Walton has announced 
that she will be married Christmas 
week to Leon Leitrim, her present 
dancing partner. 

Tbeatricai praas representatives 
recently met to organize a perman- 
ent organisation amongst th«m- 
selves. One of the objects will be 
to stop irresponsibls advertising 
schemes. There were W men 
present at the meeting. 

Ada Gladys Powell, a young 
Welshwoman, was refused permis- 
sion to enter this country by the Im- 
migration authorities when it was 
learned that James Dale, playing in 
"Loyalties* and whom she stated 
she was to marry, already had a 


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Edward Vroom says he will erect 
a theatre in the Times square dis- 
trict to be dedicated to the produc- 
tion of romantic and classic plays. 
The bouse will have a seatmg rap- 
acity of about 1,500. The structure 
is designed to be the permanent 
home of a company comprised of 
American and Bnglish actors. 

I Trenton, N. J., has uncovered a 
"cut rate" executioner in the person 
of William S. Ollbfrt. a night watch- 
man. Gilbert has his own scaffold 
and will travel anywhere In the 
United States on a "case" for from 
$175, In nearby states, to 1200 and 
"expenses" for further distances. 

The Moscow Art Theatre Co. have 
been notified that they may enter 
France as guests of the governm«*nt. 
They had been waiting a month. 
The company could not flU Paris en- 
gagements while the French refused 
to vise their Soviet passports. The 
company is due to sail for America, 
Dec. 30. 

Two lllllputlans were married In 
Wa<^hlngton, D. C, Nov. 25, by the 
Rev. B. H. Swera, a Baptist clergy- 
man. Signer Giuseppe, 30 years old, 
S feet 2 Inches In height and weigh- 
ing 70 pounds, took to wife Orene 


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Thompson, 17 years old, who stands 
4 feet and also weighs 70 pounds. 
Giuseppe was a bareback rider with 
the Ringling Brothers and Barnum 
and Bailey Circus. 

The Actors Fidelity League open- 
ed its new quarters at 17 East 45th 
street, Sunday. The suite consists 
of five large rooms on the third floor. 

refutes the statement of Thomas 
Edison to the effect that college mea 
do not like to work. 

A three story frame structure la 
Jersey City, belonging to Charle« 
Coburn, was destroyed by Are. It 
contained all the scenery and eoe- 
tunics of "The Better Ole." 

A dinner was recently given at 
the Hotel Commodore for the Cur- 
tain, a new little playhouse to be 
situated on the west side. 

An Interview in a local newspaper 
at Louisville Is the cause of the 
Jefferson Post of the American 
Legion, that city, to urge that the 
immigration authorities deport the 
dancer, Isadora Duncan. The post 
intends to press the matter at the 
national headquarters of the legion. 
The interview is said to have con- 
tained statements which members 
of the post declared were unpatri- 

The amount of booxe consumed 
by spectators at the Army-Navy 
game in I'hiladclphia Saturday and 
the open way in which It was 
gurgled, may cause an official in- 
vestigation, according to denpatches 
from Washington. The Cabinet dis- 
cusfiod the enforcement problem 
during Its entire last assemblage and 
the open display of liquor in the 
stands has caused additional con- 

George Cohan sailed for England 
Nov. 25 accompanied by his gen- 
eral representative, E. W. Dunn, 

Mrs. Paula Segal, mother of 
Vivienne SegaV eloped to Green- 
wich. Conn., last week where she 
married Robert Aube. Mrs, Segal 
was divorced from Dr. Bernhard 
Segal four years ago. Her age to 47. 

Jane Cowl Is to play "Romeo and 
Juliet," starred by the Selwyns. — 

Kenneth Harlan is rumored to 
be about to marry Marie Prevoet, 
while his former wife, Florence 
(Hart) Harlan. Is said to be th« 
possible bride of Lowell Sherman. 
The Harlans were married in 1920. 
Last April Mrs. Harlan sued for 

Two noblemen are reported to 
have fought a duel in Paris because 
of an argument concerning Marion 
Forde. a dancer. Both prlncipale 
are said to have fought 40 mimttee, 
in evening attire and with swords, 
without seriously Injuring each 

yhe Bureau of Student Employ- 
ment *at I'rinceton University re- 
ports that the total earnings of the 
500 students working their way 
through colloRe totals $161, 530- 
fiixty-aix \^hJch, the bureau claims, 

Irvin S. Cobb has been granted a 
commission as major in the Mili- 
tary Intelligence Division of the 
OlTlcerH' HeBcrve Corps by Presi- 
dent Harding. The commission to 
in the nature of a reward for Cobb'0 
work during the war. 



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Friday, December 1, 1928 





ARTHUR KLEIN, General Manager 

233 West 45th Street, NEW YORK CITYi 



The Abbott Theatrical Enterprise 
Corporation has filed a certificate of 
Incorporation in the County Clerk's 
OtUce here. It is capitalized at 
$54,000 and the directors are given 
as Harry Abbott, Jacob Levine, Hoy 
Van and Conrad V. Brunner Abbott 
and Levine represent the local man- 
agement of the Garden (Mutual bur- 
lesque). Van Is a Buffalo newspaper 
man and IJrunner is connected with 
the Garden as proprietor of the bar 
run In connection with the house. 
No announcement as to the purpose 
of the enterprise has been made 
although it is thought that it is 
concerned with the operation of the 

The practice recently put Into 
▼ogue by some of the small moving 
picture houses of the city of giving 
away prizes of candy, groceries and 
household provisions to holders of 
lucky numbers has been stopped by 
the chief of police here, who states 
that a number of complaints have 
been made against picture managers 
who are using this method of stim- 
ulating business. Deputy Chief 
Marnon issued a statement this 
week saying that the practice would 
not be permitted as it was in viola- 
tion of the lotteries law. r. 

The first performance to be given 
b7 the Buffalo Players, Inc., will be 
Carlo Goldoni's three-act comedy 
"A Curious Mishap," a translation 
from the modern Italian comedy. 
The production will be given at the 
Allendale theatre early In January 
under the direction of Frederick 



1441 Broadway, New York 




New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore 
^ and intermediate towns 

Marcus Loew's 


General Executive Offices' ' 

160 West 46th Street 

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Thanksj^ivlng week at the Murat, 
"The Guilty One." first half and 
"Red Pepper," laat; EnRlIsh's. "The 
Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come," 
nrst half and "Dulcy" last. 

•'Brother.**," by Donald Grooms 
King of Indianapolis, and "The 
Marriage Gown." by Judith K. Sol- 
lenberger of Kokomo, were playlets 
produced last Friday evening by the 
Little Theatre Society at the 
Masonic Temple. 

The Indianapolis Motion Picture 
Co., WHS incorporated last week with 
$30,000 capital. Purpose is to man- 
ufacture, produce and distribute 
motion pictures. Directors are 
Frank J. Rembusch, Mark F. 
Rhodes, Alfred 11. Choinard and 
Carlia B. Trotter. 







The Indiana Federation of Wom- 
en's Clubs submitted its proposal to 
Introduce in the coming session of 
the Legislature a movie censorship 
bill to the Legislative Council of 
Women last week. The council did 
not act on the matter. It will meet 
again Dec. 7. 

Weller's FRENCH 

80 Smartly OifTertnt. 

Tht Newcit Pari* 

V*r8ioni in Fall-Time 



"Daffy Dill" at Shubert-Majestic 
this week. James T. Powers in his 
new musical comedy, "The Little 
Kangaroo," at Majestic next week. 

The Edward F. Albee Rhode Island 
interscholastic football trophy was 
presented to Capt. Abrama of the 
Hope High school team, champions 
of the state, by W. Foster Lardner, 
house manager, during tlie perform- 
ance at the Albee theatre Friday 
evening. Accepting the prize for his 
team-mates, who were seated in one 
of the boxes, Capt. Abrams declared 
that it had been an inspiration to 
players in all the schools during the 


"Abie's Irish Rose" opened here 
Sunday with the President Theatre 
Stock Co. to 11,600, smashing Wl 
records for stock and at the price, 
J1.50 top. Papers gave show the 
same sort of treatment accorded it 
when first presented in New York, 
but admitted its entertaining values 
and its laugh-producing abilities. 

j The company gave an excellent per- 
formance, with the following prin- 

'cipals: Harry Shutan, Ann Suther- 
land, Guy d'Enery, I^o Hoyt (who 
played Solomon Levy), Henry Duffy, 
Eileen Wilson, Robert Lowe and 
John Carmody. 


793-8thAv. «'""■ Open Evenings 


Gorgeous Gold Baronette Cyclorama 

New, l.ttf •. lireiiruorcd liiit-d; with bor- 
der, lo trunk. 

AIho i>' u ki Id »i;irfinf>ttc drop in on*; 
standard size. li.irkfHitis. 
riymuuth Hotel, Nrw York C Uy 

The Edward F. Albee prize play- 
lot contest for the best one-act play 
written bj' a Rhode Islander has 
been extended to Jan. 1. The Judges 
of the contest will be Dr. William D. 
Noon, president of Providence Col- 
lege, Prof, Charles Crosby of IJrown 
I'niversity, and Miss B'lorence Slack, 
Providence High schools elocution 
instructor. The winning production 
will be played on the Keith circuit. 

With the aid of actors playing 
Inre and through the courtesy of 
the various theatres the I'en and 
Pencil Club of Rhode Island opened 
its social winter seawon with an en- 
tertainment Tluirsday evening. 

Wanted for Production" 

I'lays and \aud«'Ville Material. 
^Vrite or I'hoiu- f(ir Appointment. 


r.vrie Theutre IIIiIk., ifi W. 4'M .'♦trret. 

I'hune Itrvnnt Of 10. 

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General Manager 


Masonic Temple Building 




1547 Broadway, New York 

Bryant 6060-6061 GAIETY THEATRE BLOO. 

ARTISTS: — Th« b«it w»r to know what we h»T« to offer !• to romo right to o«r 
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KNICKERBOCKER HARMONY . SIGl)I(>&^,:4ttf;. .jur,.Mi!^*^,^->;;n 

For the sixth time the National 
opened its doors, each successive 
time a step farther being made to 
tiie modern theatre, and although 
the theatre portion is only completed 
it was acclaimed one of the finest 
in the country. The front of the 
building will remain as it is until 
next summer, when thl.«i will be re- 
modeled and an offlce building en- 
closing; the theatre be erected. The 
old style circular balconies are gone, 
and it is modern throughout and 
marks the 87th year of its existence. 
It was first opened in 183r> and has 
held in its audiences presidents of 
the I'nited States, fdreign rulers and 
diplomats, h-aders of Congress and 
prominent otlicials in every walk of 
life In America. 


The attraction was IF. 71. ^\^lrno^ 
in "l!uil Dog Drummond" and i.s but 
one month ahead of Its anniversary 
of the first opening on I)t'r. 27. l.S3.">, 
with "The .Man of the World." 

The theatre is owned by W. H. 

R.ipl. y and has Wiliinm Fowler con- 
tinuing us manager and S. K. Corh- 
r.'in treasurer. The seating capacity 
totals l.KOO, al)()Ut IZ se.'its ]t\ss tlian 

PoiI'.'<. dosed since .Tune 1". re 
opened .Monday with "The II i\ oi^l."! 
a now innsical roinc ilv. 'jl .■ iniusi- ; 
is one of I he (^Ideht in the nation's ' 

capital and now has been thoroughly- 
modernized, nothing being left of 
the original building except the four 
walls. The cost is s^.ated to have 
reached $300,000, which the holder of 
the lease, A. B. Chase, paid, as the 
government, which owns the ground 
and building, had no funds for the 
purpose. The house now seats 2,000, 
there having been added 1.200 chairs 
on the lower floor, extending back 
and taking in the apace formerly 
given over to a promenade. 

R. O. Craerin continues as man- 
ager, having supervised the entire 
reconstruction throughout the past 
six months, with Steve Costa as 
treasurer. The house plays Shubert 

I McLellan and Sarah. Kelso Brothers 
and Kelly, Winifred and Gllraln and 
Co., VI and Tully, and Eddie Sloan, 

Picture Houses— Loew's Columbia, 
••The Young Rajah," with Rodolph 
Valentino (second week); lioew'a 
Palace. "Quincy Adams Sawyer"; 
Moore's Rlalto, "To Have and to 
Hold"; Crandall's Metropolitan, 
Katherlne MacDonald in "Whlt« 

COSMOS.— Fred Light ner and Co.. 


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I Cytllrfi Vauthiflae <Phon» 36 Penol 

L. Stoddard Taylor, manager for 
the Shuberts at the Garrlck, is fast 
recovering from an attack ot 

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Friday, December 1, 1923 


|e WnX 8HAK£SF£A££ IN 

(Continued from page 11) 

IcBsened operating costs. Revivals 

are generally apotted in the spring. 

' M appears true of many of the 

-■ iBhakespearean efforts. Another so 

■J- listed is Lenore Ulrlc, proposed for 

* "Juliet" by Belasco, but after the 
>un of "K5ki," which should last 
past Easter, at the Belasco (now in 
its flfty-thlrd week). Ben Greet is 
due in March with his players in 
the classic drama. 

A. H. Woods stated Marjorie 
Rambeau will be ready in January 
for appearances in J'As You Like It" 
and "Antony and Cleopatra," and 
that plans have been mad^ for sev- 

* eral months. She is expected to.end 
- her tour in "The GoldHsh" at that 
? time. That Florence Reed, "^ now 

starring in "East of Suez," will 

take to Shalfespcai'e and will be 

i; seen in "The Taming of the Shrew" 

i during the season is also averred 

I by that manager. In addition. Ed- 

warv. -Vroom, who made afternoon 

presentations of Shakc8i)eare last 

winter, annour ced he will build a 

theatre for the classic drama. 

One of the Interesting suggestions 
m^de since the imminent craze 
started is for a production of 
•'Othello" with '^harles Gilpin in the 
role of the Moor. The colored dra- 
matic star i<i now on tour in the 
west in "Emperor Jcnes." 

It appears that the plans of 
Broadway manr.pers have scared off 
'hose Shakespearean engagements 

which have been seasonal here. 
Only Walter Hampdtn is due Into 
town and he will offer "Othello," 
the tlrst time for hira. Fritx Leibei- 
is booked to the coast. It is doubt- 
ful if Robert Mantell will tackle the 
New York lists, while Sothern and 
Marlowe appear to have stepped 
aside for 'this season. It is con- 
sidered definite that John Barry- 
more will remain at the Harris after 
the run of "Hamlet"^ecline, ^ 
which time he is to appear in "Rich- 
ard III." That presentation two 
season.s ago was regarded as one ^' 
the finest of its kind and a sensa- 
tional run was sidetracked by the 
star's illness. 

It will be the first time that New 
York will have witnessed two or 
more productions of the same 
Shakespearean play at the same 
time— that is if the two "Juliets'l 
are showing concurrently <tr two 
"Shylocks" or two or more "Ham 
lets." In London, however, that 
hag happened a number of times. 
There have been three presenta- 
tions of "Hamlet" there simultan- 
eously, with Beorbohm Tree, Sir 
Henry Irving and Sir Frank Benson 
enacting the role in three different 
theitres. They were opposed too 
in "The Merchant of Venice," but 
the concurrent engagements seemed 
to flourish, Forbes-Robertson.^ too, 
has b^n in the Shakespearean 

tournament that London stages 
every once in a while. 
There are 36 plays by Shakespeare 




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New Amsterdam Theatre — W. 42d Street 

tveiiiiiim 8:1',. rort I-.Ml M.VT. WED.NHSDAT. 


A National Institution 


Johnson and Godfrey 

Formerly Johnson and Dean. , ., r' Tha Black Caruso. 







Now FUylnv (Nov. SO-Dec. S) Keith's. Jersey Citr 

in all . At least 12 are not playdblc. 
Of the 24 that have been presented 
in England on and off, several would 
Yiot be entertained on American 
stages, where about one-third of 
the entire Shakespearean repertoire 
is employed. 

The Shakespearean tide places in 
an ' unusual position Winthrop 
Ames* forthcoming ^rama called 
"Will \Shakespeare." written by 
Clemence Dane. Whether this piece 
will be affected for loss or profit 
will be an interesting development. 
Managerial opinion' of the Shake- 
spearean shower is "All's well that 
ends well." 


(Continued from Page 21) 

2ae«n & Harrlgan 
Great Howard 
(One to nil) 

C & T Harvey 

Zd half 
Roshler & Muffs 



MATa THURS. A SAT. 2:30. 


New P%y Produced by the Selwyna 

VtM44tK5T On\f30 
MAr3.M0. »• VKT MO 

Knickerbocker J",V3lt"S: 

Kves. 8:15. Mats. Wednesday * .Saturday. 
"A Rsal Bluebleotf Among Shows."— Tribune. 



124 W. 43d St. 


Evs. 8:20. Mat.s. Thurs. & Sat.. 2:;0. 


J^n CO.. Including BRl'CE MeRAE !n 


The Awful Truth 


WE.ST 42.1 .STREET. 
Evs. 8:30. Mats. Wed. & .Sat. 


A. H. WOODS Presents 









ma.\a<;emkxt-ciiai:i.E9 dillingdam 

greatest spectacle ever 
staged at the hippodrome 

MAT. DAILY, 2:15; EVES., 8:15 


rant ayes 

nelty Lou Hart 
•Storey & Clark 
Noodles Pagan 
Josie Heather Co 
Palo * Palet 
Kate & Wiley 



Rlnaldo Dros 
PiiTce & Goff 
L Burkhart Co 
Kitner &. Reaney 
Thalero's Circus 
(One to All) 



Bobby Lehman 
Ward & Dooley 
Barnes & Hamilton 
Norton Melnolte 
Jack Qoldle 
Seven Algerians 



(Same bill plays 

Saskatoon 7-9) 
The Gladiators 
Wilson A Addle 
Ei Cota 

MaoFarland Sis 
Walter Brower 
Choy Ling Foo 


(Open week) 
Nelson's Catland 
Dave Thursby 
Jan Rublnl 
Western ft Bllne 
Bits of Pieces 



Penman & Lillian 


Exposition Four 
H & J Chase 
Rowland & Meehan 
Cheyenne Days • 



Arnold & Florence 
Ryan & Ryan 
Jewell & Rita 
Haverman's Lions 
••Miss Nobody"' 
Harry Tlghe 



T^eaoh Wh-xllen S 
Kaufman fii Lillian 
Morgan & Gray 
C Cunningham 
Dyron Bros 


Alex B A Evelyn 
Maude Earle 
Ridiculous Ricco 
Britt Wood 
Blake's Mules 
Fashion Plate Rev 

Pantagea . 

Buddy Walker 
Chisholm & Breen 
Bronsen & Renee 
Great Blackstone 


(Open week) 
Lillian's Dogs 
Tollman Revue 
Great Maurice 
Bensee &. Balrd 
Little Pippifax 
Charbot A Toronl 

Three AvoUoa 

Han'n & B'tson Sis 
Three LeGrohs 
DeMlchelle Bros 
Four Ortons 
Farrell A Hatcn 


Daly Mac A D 
Tuck A Clare 
Kennedy A Rooney 
RIggoletto Bros 
Joe Bernard Co 



J * E Mlfrhell 
Mills A Miller 
easier A Beasley 2 
Rising Genrratlon 
.Sossman A Sloan 
Prosper A Mrrrltt 



Pelma Brnntz 
Bricrre A King 
Klutlnir's Animals 
Sidney S Stvne 
Kallyama ' 
Kirksmith Sisters 



Burt Shepherd 
Farpo * Richard 
Yokes A Don 
Clifford Wayne Co 


Pantaffe* <7-9) 

Billy Kelly Rev 
Abbott A White 
Weld«*r«on 81s 
Five ProBtons 
5 Lameys 



Floret tc A JeofCrle 

Rives A Arnold 
Kitamura Japs 
Lillian Ruby 
Reck A Stone 
Jack Dempsey 


Carson A Kane 
Ooetx A Duffy 
Larry Harklns 
Robinson * Pierce 
I.>ardo A Archer 
Golden Bird 


Pantages (4-0) 

(Same bill plays 

Pueblo 7-9 > 
Ross Wyse Co 
"Stepping Some" 
George I^shay 
Jean & Valdare 
Ross A Edwards . 
Billy Swede Hall 


Four Roses 
Dorothy Lewis 
Davis A McCoy 
"In Chinatown" 
Marlctte Manikins 


Wilfrid DOBols 
Marion Clalro 
"Night Boat" 
Page Hack A M 
Fein A Tennyson 
Harry Hines 



Conn A Hart 
Phil LaTosca 
Ted Schwab 
"Telephone Tangle" 
Robyn Adair 
Leonard & Wlllard 




Al Stryk* r 
Walters A Qoold 
Harriet Rempel Co 
Carlisle A LaMal 
Ellda Morris 
"The Storm* 



Browne Sisters 
Herbert Brooks 
Kane & Herman 
Ranisdells A Deyo 
(One to fill) 


< Majestic 


Erne Burton Co . 
Grace Huff Co 
Diamond A Brcn'n 
Jack Benny 
Mabel Ford Co 


Sankus A Sylvers 
Rudrll & DuniRan 

Prinrers W'ahletka 
Mildred Harris Co 
Clara Howard 
Minstrel Mc^archs 



Browne' .^'istsrs 
Herbert Brooks 
Edith Taliaferro 
Kane A Herman 
Ramsdells A Deyo 

2d half 
•Ti A B Dreyer 
"Show Off ' 
Melville A Rule 
Clinton Sisters 
(One to All) 



(TulSH split) 
1st half 
Catherinf Sln<?lalr 
Harry I<angdon Co 
Norris Follies 
(Two to fill) 


BAH .viuit< II 


1 mCDTV THE.%TRE, W. 42d St. 
LltStLK i Y ^^j, ^ved A Fat 

"Best American Musical Play 
in the Whole Wide World" 


in tlie Ncnv Song and Dance Show 



Thes.. n'way at 42(1 St. 
Mats. Wed. and .'^at. 



Aflnpted for the American Stage 


nith a Notahle Company, Including 


JANI-rr IlEKtllKR 




Second Triumphant Year 


Rve^. 8:30. 

fttd Street and 
Cent. Park West 

Matinees Wed. and Sat. 

yfO#lk C# Thea., W. of Rway. Evs. S: 30. 
t^in JK, >lat.t. Wed. and Sat.. 2:30. 





Eves. 8:30. 

THEATRE. 44th Street, 

— West of Ilrotdwaj — 

Mats. Wed. and Sat. 

Greenwich Village Follies 

Fourth Annual Production 

By Frank CRAVEN 

I ITTI C ^VeM 4llh Street. 

1^1 1 1 I...I:* K;enlngs at »:31. 

— Matinees Wedne«id«y and Saturday — 




«,•!!>,. *i\ -1 '1»%?fr*^p,* < Se* ( ' >\- i • *,4f •• .-i>J,;*>t .t a< 

West 4.->tli Street. 
L\enings at H:SU. 
— Matinees We<lneiMlay and ysatarda> — 

iw ■■ ' 




&a(.. hun. aud llelMajs, t:li, ft:U * •.^ 

^FNTP AI THEA.. 47th A Bway. 
!.■-**" * IV/^JU Twire Dili* 2 ir, DiKl 8 1.', 


Week Bcjflnninjf MONDAY MAT., Dec. 4 


T'h^.r "20th CENTURY REVUE" 

Kranz & White — Olga and Mishka 

.Meka htaniford — ■ Royul RuNMian Itallet 

AMBASSADUR Bway! Evenings 8:25 

M.itincf.i Wednesday and .Saturday. 

The International Masical Snecess 



and a Pre-elnlncnt Cast 

F. RAY C0M8T0CK asd MORRIS GE8T Pr«««at 

"""• Balieff's. """" 





Presents , 






Dirertiont MARTY FOBKINg 



Flanders A Butler 
Harry Breen 
Btaeila Terry Co 
Harry Jolson Co 
Industrial Band 


(Okla. City split) 

Ist half 
Dallas Walker 
AI Tuciter 
W Kishter Co 
Van & Bell 

Babb V«rrol> 'A ■ 



Pritzl Srhett 
Maker A Bedford 
(Two to All) 

2d half 

Five Patrowera "' 
Bob Murphy 
Ruloff A Elton 
(Two to nil) 



Chauve Souiis 


CENTURY ROOF gr a c p w^ 

Ev»«» 8:30. Mate. Tu' j«. nml S»f , 2.30. 

f^AQINO ^'"' * «r^n'l'^«y '-T""- « 2.'.. 
^•'f^'J^^^yJ Malinccs Wod. and .Sat. 

Musical Comedv Senftation 


— WITH- 

Eddie. Bowling an4 a Qreat Cfif) 







World'i Greatest Dancing Sliatert 



JIM a nd~QLA'OY 8 



John Keefe 








The Jack Edwards mentioned Iff 
Variety last week as no longer con- 
nected with the paper is not tba 
Jack Edwards known as a theatrical 
manager and publicity man. 

Fred TaylOT, who has manas«d 
the Acad<emy, Newburgh, N. Y., baa 
retired, leaainpr the house to Cole- 
man Bros. & Winnigraf, who oper- 
ate the Lafayette, New York, for 
ten years. The house will play six 
acts on a split week, beginning last 
half of last week. 

The annual bazaar ror the Stag* 
Children's Fund will take place at 
the Hotel McAlpin. Dec. 1-2. Mrs. 
John II. Van Tine Is chairman and 
Mrs. Sol Schwartz, vice chairman. 
Dolls have been donated by stags 
and screen stars. , ^ 

fols BROADWAY 4' 










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IlroailMay ft 47(h St. 

Direction JoM'itli PlnnkeiS 





CARL EDUWARD«y...,.,*.-.«.'»(lMOto« • 


i Baltimore. Nov. 2». 

▲t tho Now theatre. Baltimore, week be- 
fflanlnir Nov. 27. world premiere coincident 
wKh ahawlnc lo WaHhIntrton. D. C. Metro 
picture* (\*rporati<in piuducon, with Clar- 
ence U. KadKor aa director. 

Quincy Adams Sawyer John Bowera 

Alice rettenRlU Blanche Sweet 

Obadlah Htrout Lon Chaney 

Iitndy rutnara,. Barltnra I>h Marr 

Abner Ntilea Ulreio L.lncx>ln 

Mandy .Skinner l^ulnt Kaaont'.a 

Kathanlel Sawyer Juaeph Dowlinc 

Hn. Putnam Claire McDowell 

Deacon PettencUl Udward Connelly 

Betay Ann Ilosa June Elvldge 

KIram Maxwell Victor Po<el 

daman thy « Oall Henry 

B<^n Uatea Hank Mann 

Mrs. Sawyer Kale I..eater 

Bod Wood Billy Franey 

Oobby Twins. ..Taylor Oraves, Harry Depp 

An excellent picture of Its kind, 
with the "homey" atmosphere ac- 
centuated. But In the long run the 
thing: which marks its from the rest 
la that It contains more hoKum than 
•very other picture j^rodi.ced this 

And yet. with all its hoke and Its 
palpably theatric devices. It is en- 
tertaininff and at times thrilling. It 
1« the type of picture a critic could 
pick to death, yet nlne-tentha of the 
population of this land will And it 
Tastly amusinf. . 

The story la true and neems de- 
Tlsed merely to show off the phys- 
ical powers of John Bowers and 
Elmo Iflncoln and to give oppor- 
tunities to aling the rural comedy 
on thick. 

Qulncy Adams Sawyer In a young: 
Boston lawyer, one of the rising 
type, who is induced to come to 
Mason's Corner. Maas.. in order to 
assist Deacon Pettinglll in the 
flettllng of an estate. The estate 
Is that of Mr. Putnam, who left 
behind him a widow of the u^ual 
type and a vamplsh daughter. Llndy 
Putnam, who la played by the rather 
Toluptuous Barbara I^a Marr. Lindy 
la beloved by Obadiah Strout. a 
' local attorney, who is doing his be^t 
to win Llndy. but on the side he 
haa been annexing a considerable 
portion of the Putnam estate to his 
own excheqiier. Strout and Abner 
Btiles. the village blacksmith, who 
•Ings bass and wields a hefty sledge, 
resent the presence of the young 
lawyer, especially since Llndy has 
taken great pains to win him for 

Rumors reach Sawyer's ears the 
ffoaslps of the town resent his 
boarding at the Putnam home, so 
he moves over to the residence of 
Deacon Pettinglll. There is the 
deacon's blind niece. Alice, who by 
chance he had met In Boston. Her 
memory lingered with him and his 
memory stuck to her. So the ro- 
mance starts, the plot curdles and 
the dirty work begins, and It's thick 
and fast. 

First it is a street flprht which 
Abner starts with Sawyer as he Is 
out riding with the blind girl. The 
whole village turns out and sees the 
lawyer give the blacksmith a sound 
trouncing. But the crafty Strout 
coaxes Lindy and Stiles into a plot 
to rid themselves of the lawyer and 
Alice. The plan is to cut the cables 
on the ferryboat which swings 
across the river, which is one of 
the rivers with rapids, falls and 
thrills. The plan works, Alice. 
howeVer. is on the boat alone, and 
the thrills In the play come when 
Sawyer ridea like mad down the 
bank of the river, Jumps fences on 
his horse, and finally falls into the 
river from a precipice which gives 
way under the weight of the horse. 
Then he awlms to the boat and 
re.scuea the girl jupt in time to pre- 
vent them from being swept over 
the falls, and, as he tells her he 
loves her, they clinch. 

Blanche Sweet m.akes her repu- 
tation all over again as the blind 
girl, and John Bowers adds to the 
lustre he gained In "Lorna Doone." 
Ix)n Chancy and Elmo Lincoln do 
i:ood work OS the villains. 

But It seems that the good work 
of nearly everyone in the, which 
la aa near all-star a.s one can as- 
semble, la overshadowed by the 
fearful hokum purveyed in the 
story. 8iak. 

Harold Lloyd returned to the coast 
last week. The screen comedian 
did not close anything in New York 
that would tend to chanjre his pres- 
ent distributing connection, but it 
la quite pdssible that a chan^o will 
be made in the very near future. 

1 00% 


Newark, Nov. 29. 

Paramount prdduction presented by JesM 
lM.t:ky and etarrlna Wallace Reld. Scenario 
by Walter Wooda from the play br A. K. 
Thomaa and Clayton Hamilton Directed 
by Jazn<>s Cni«e. Flv reels. At Loew'a 
aute, Newark, Nov. p. 

John Lloyd Wallace RHd 

I.ury I^edyard Wanda Hawley 

Huntley Palmer Cyril Chadwlck 

Ju(l»e Hooker Charles Ok\h 

(Jlaoomo PolenU Herahnll May.'ll 

Roaa Polenta Carmen I'hllllpa 

Mra. L^dyara Helen Dunbar 



.Kalla Pasha 

By some unexplained freak of for- 
tune Loew's State, Newark, secured 
this picture for what is apparently a 
world premiere. It ia merely a pro- 
gram picture of average merit. If 
Wallace Reid is aatiafled to continue 
in picturea of thia type he will soon 
Join the atara of yaateryear. Not 
that hla acting ia bad. but he aeems 
to think it autflcient in mmie scenes 
if he merely makea a "pefaonai ap- 
pearance." I>cspite a few typical 
Reid touches moat of hia work 
Is commonplace, and mediocrity 
neither makea nor maintains a star. 
Furthermore, he aeems at times to 
think he Is Harold Lloyd. 

The atory itsetf ia an ami.slng 
conception, but utterly misses fire 
In the telling. John Lloyd is 
suspected by hia sweetheart, Lucy 
Ledyard, of being too ausceptible to 
the charms of her sex. She finally 
agrees to marry him if he keeps 
free from entanglements for 30 
days. Hla engagement greatly dia- 
appolnts hui solemn rival. Huntley 
Palmer, but the latter, encouraged a 
bit by Lucy, atays around waiting 
for Lloyd to fall. While doing wel- 
fare work with Lucy. Lloyd is 
found In a compromising attlttrde 
with Rosa Polenta by her husband, 
the leader of a secret Italian order. 
The rest of the picture is taken up 
with Lloyd's attempts to escape the 
vengeance of the Italian. The com- 
pllcatlona that ensue ahould be 
amusing, but generally fail to 
arouse more than mild Interest. One 
exception is a genuinely comic 
scene in which Palmer, Judge 
Hooker and Lloyd await the arrival 
of Polenta, who has run amuck 
with a carving knife. Their fear 
and their attempts to gauge the size 
of the knife are admirably ex- 
pressed. In an effort to save Lloyd 
the Judge sentencea him to 30 days 
In jail, where he will be secure, as 
his pursuer sails to Italy before the 
end of that time. But Polenta meets 
him in jail and when Lloyd is re- 
leased ahe follows him home. 

Tho climax, though an essen- 
tially clever conception, is spoiled 
by as crude a piece of business as 
ever disgraced a serial. Lloyd, with 
the help of two ex-prisoners, en- 
traps and binds what he supposes 
Is the Italian (but who turns out to 
be the Judge) dismisses the prison- 
ers and while he is telephoning In 
triumph. Polenta steals upon him 
with a atlletto. Just as he Is about 
to strike he ia stopped by Lucy 
with a gun. She appears from no- 
where without rime or reason; ap- 
parently the author was stuck but 
had to save hia hero. 

Reid'a support In general Is ex- 
cellent. Cyril Chadwlck walks off 
with first honors, closely followed by 
Charles Ogle and Hershell Mayetl. 
As the warden, Kalla Pasha hardly 
equaled hla work in "The Dictator." 
Wanda Hawley had no chance to act 
and carefully avoided taking any. 

The titles are mediocre, the pro- 
duction adequate and the photog- 
raphy generally good. Tho direction 
Is uneven. Several gags quite 
extraneous to the real plot are In- 
troduced to little point. Even the 
old story of the drunk giving up his 
seat In an empty car to a lady 
makes Its appearance. 

A capacity audience Monday night 
manifested but mild Interest In the 
picture. Austin. 


out of thla rich material It dooa 
aeem the incidents that have been 
picked are petty. Certainly they are 
inadequate for a featura length 

The beat they have been able to 
do la to elaborate 'a mildly amusing 
short atory into a five-reel picture 
with aome moments of bright hu- 
man comedy spaced out by long 
perloda of dullness. The beat of 
the film ia the character work of 
Rosa Roaanova, whose Jewish im- 
migrant mother is a companion 
piece of acting to Vera Gordon's 
creation In "Humoreaque." Thla ia 
a line bit of authentic a?ting by a 
gifted acreen player, done with 
splendid subtleties of meaning. But 
it atanda alona There are a few 
telling character bits of Qhettd 
types, chief among them by Otto 
Lederer and A. Budln. It was a 
grave error to caat Bryant Wash- 
burn aa the young lover. Here waa 
a play of foreign flavor, and they 
chose for Its romantic foreground 
an actor who Is familiar to all fan- 
dom aa a smart modern hero, en- 
tirely out of the atmosphere of the 
story and production. Helen Fergu- 
son was much better. She looked the 
part and played it sympathetically. 

Abraham is tne impractical 
scholar and teacher of ancient 
learning In his Rusalan village. The 
Copsa'^ks break up his little achooC 
and the wise and efficient Sara, 
mother of the brood, schemes to get 
to America, the land of promise. 
Bv manifold privations they reach 
New York — the steerage aceno aa 
tho ship passes the Statue of Lib- 
erty ia a touching episode. But !■ 
this new land there are more 
troubles. The East Side tenement 
with its grime is a aore trial to 
Sara'a soul. By pinching ahe man- 

Friday, December 1, 1922 

agea to finance a revel In white 
paint to give it "beautifulneaa," to 
do honor to the engagement of the 
daughter and David, nephew of the 
graaping landlord, Roaenblatt. 

Thia Roaenblatt ia an alien who 
haa proapered and he oppoaea vio- 
lently the alliance of hia nephew 
with theae "nobodiea." To break up 
the betrothal he impoaea |10 more 
rent on Sara for her "painted up" 
kitchen and here comea the explo- 
aion. Sara goes insane at the in- 
justice and wrecks the kitchen with 
a cleaver. For thla she is hailed to 
the police court, but ao sincere la 
her appeal to American juatlce that 
the case is dismissed, the wicked 
landlord ia punished and "Justice 
for the poor ia vindicated in thia 
new America." The final acene has 
Sara inatalled in the country home 
of David and Sara, where ahe can 
revel in white pa^int, and the flowera 
In the garden are so beautfful "it 
looka almoat like a cemetery. The 
title la cloae in name to the U.'a 
"Human Hearta." Ruth. 


Chester Benaett Production releaae4 by 
the P. B. O. Adapted from the Marie 
Coreltl Bovel ty Tboa. Dixon. Jr. Directed 
by Cbaater Bennett. 81k reels. Shown at 
L<oew'a Btatt three days, Mov. 2T. 

lal* IfllA •e«eeeae«e*«aeeea*«** •••«! AuQ W©»HC 

Britta Barbam Tennant 

Lovlaaa €k>rdon If alien 

Olaf Beft Sprotte 

Philip Yernnn Steele 

Oorlmar . .' Peter Burke 

fllrard Jack Rollena 

Dyceworthy . . Harry Clark 

liady Clara '. Jaae RividK* 

Leonex .» W»davwood Noirell 

Chester Bennett haa turned out a 
rather fair feature, but his manner 
of handling tho Marie Corelli tale 
is a little slow aa to tempo and 

therefore rather tiring before it fin- 
iahea. Otherwiae It la a picture good 
enough to play the better part of 
the aplit week houses, especially 
where there ia a double featuro 
policy or vaudeville aa an added 
attraction. It ia aure fire for tho 
daily change houses along the line. 

The cast has sufficient in names 
to make It worth while from an ad- 
vertising atandpolnt. eapecially if 
the exhibitor carea to pound on tho 
Mra. WilUam Hart angle. That 
might bring a little money along 
for the houae. But Barbara Ten- 
nant and June Elvldge are also 
among the women, which makea for 
a flaah. 

The atory ia a tale of London and 
Norway, with the aociety element in 
it to a certain extent Sir Philip, 
being turned down by a girl, starts 
on a yachting cruise and meets tho 
daughter of a direct descendant of 
the Vlkinga of old, marries her and 
returns to London. Here the trouble 
makers atart to get buav. They lead 
his wife to believe Sir Philip la a 
trlfler. She returns to her home, to 
bo followed by the husband, who 
eflfecta a reconciliation, proving his 

There Is aome picturesque camera 
atuflf shot outdoors and some very 
clever lightings. A couple of brief 
thrills, but they do not linger in the 
memory. Fred, 

Jean Haves is to turn producer. 
In Los Angeles it ia reported he ia 
to be at the head of a company that 
ia to do with two- reel comedies for 
the Metro. Havez has for a long 
time been the top of the screen 
writera of comedy known as "gag 
men." and has been easily the hlgh- 
eat priced of those men on the coast. 



Exhibitors of Michigan 

Read our magazine published 
every Tuesday, 
If you want to reach this 
clientele there is no better 
medium* '■ — 

Rates very low 


JACOB SMITH, Publisher 

415 Free Press Bldg. 



Goldwyn comedy -drama made from the 
novpl by Anzla Yezlor«ka. Titles wrlttt-n 
by Montaffue QUn of "Potash and Perl- 
mutter" fame. Directed by B. Mason 
lIot»per. Featured players Uryant Wash- 
burn, Hflen FerKu-oon and Rosu Rosanova. 
At the Capitol. Nov. 26. 


David Urjrant Wnnhbtirn 

S.ira Helen Ffrifuaon 

Abraham K. A. Warren 

Hannnh Hc/ha Rosmova 

lioaonblatt QeorKo Slegmunn 

(Jpdalyuh MIndel Otto Leileror 

Mishel MIndel Millie Schottland 

Cossark Bert Sprotte 

Snr kin A. Mud In 

Judge Bdwln B. TUtun 

"Hungry Hearts" among other 
things demonstrates that five reels 
la pretty broart territory on whl^h 
to spread a thin human inieroHt 
Btory. Thla sentimental roconl of 
an ImmlRrant Jewish family from 
Hu.s.sia in their adventures in Amer- 
ica has many touchini? passage!) and 
a wealth of sympathetic character 
sketching. It has an authentic touch 
and a lot of flne, gentle humor, but 
It is entirely devoid ofdiamatic 
action and one i.s constrained to fear 
that it.s appeal will be limited. 

It's a pity, too, that the produc- 
tion could not have been converted 
into a more compelling drama, for 
it has the elements of a novelty in 
tiiat It gets away from the time- 
worn screen topics and the familiar 
character types and it with 
some recognizable and very human 

Here's a big subject — the theme 
of the Americanization of an alien 
family delivered rawr in New York 
Crom the oppresulon of Uussia. LSui 





From the Slor\f b\f Kaiher'me Neiiflin Burt — Adapted h\f Edfrid A. Bingham 

A moftt unusual picture. Well worth seeing." 

; — ^. Y, Telegraph 

"Adds considerably to Stanlaws' reputation." 

— N. Y, Evening World 

(3-col. adv. Mat% 
at ^changeM) 


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Friday, December 1, 1928 



^rftinoant« preaentM by Adolph Kukor. 

■Urrlnc Bebe D&nlela and Conrad Nagel. 

«et«d by PMiryn BUnlawa. Btory by 

therlne N«wlln Bart, adapted by Edflrd 
A Btngham. Fiva ra«l», ibown at tha 
Sivoli N. T., weak Nov. M. 

feonlU della Querda Hebe Danleli 

Peter (lordon.i Conrad NaMi 

B IM tlordon Adoluha* Menjou 

Don Joae delta Guerda Robrrt Drawer 

jC|,i|io Brneat Torrance 

Bva Gordon Mabel Trunelle 

% This production appears to be 
% real novelty in screen entertain- 
iront. It Isn't a picture, however, 
that will break box oltlco records, 
tout it will attract a nice even busi- 
ness and please. It is especially 
suited for children's matinees dur- 
ing the coming holiday period. 
From the latter, however, it mustn't 
be Judged a kid picture, because it 
Un't. It is simply a corking story 
w.'Lh a short costume prolog ns part 
of a dream of the heroine. The co- 


phony. Any audience would feel 
imposed upon by the patent hoax. 

The ethics of the play are all 
wrong, anyway. The heroine is an 
intensified Becky Bharpe without 
any of the graces or wit of the 
Thackeray heroine. She spends half 
her life in the play in making other 
people miserable and then the rest 
of her fruitless existence in achiev- 
ing her own happiness. To be sure 
she regrets some of her misdeeds 
mildly, but it doesnt bring her any 
special unhuppiness, and ul ogether 
she presents a queer study in lit- 
erary moralities. The whole thing 
is just a makeshift and was never 
worth the doing eiUier on stage or 
screen, the reputation of Walter's 
for doing worthwhile th ngs to the 
contrary notwithstanding. 

Peggy is a parasitic daughter of 
luxury living in the home of her 
sister and wheedling her brother-in- 
law for cost y cloihea and Jewels. 
She takes advantage of the bus 

"th« revenuers** killed her father. 
The brothers' rival claims upon the 
girl are put to the crude mountain 

tfcular objects 

Which causes 

to accentuate 

'The Toll of the 

the I set of characten they disappear and 
a new set comes on. One episode 
starts and flnishes independently, 
and then the story takes a new bold 

code— if Tommy is to have the girl, gea" to be gauged as strictly a week- ^ ^ ^ , u ^. . «,««i-. 

he must be man enough to lick his I ly release plus what novelty tho- ^^^^ begins again. Here s a sample: 

elder brother, and this leads to one • coloring may contain, aided as it 
of the moHt disgusting exhibitions may be by advance publicity. There 
of violence the screen has ever are those who will continue to pre- 
shown. The boy is no match for /er the plain black and white, for, 
the stronger brother, and is pounded 1 with a good strong tale, nothing 
to helplessness in a one-sided light more is required for the sheet, 
that makes the flesh of the spec- j But this picture will gather to 
tator crawl. I itself advocates among those who 

By the issue of this flght the 
girls fate la decided. She is to be 
forced to marry the elder brother 
at the next visit of the parson. 
Meanwhile the mother and Tommy 
strive for some escape. Money to 
get away from the mountains is 
Tommy's hopeless goal. The day t 

like the romantic, the drear of love, 
and may wish to engulf themselves 

Robeft Is a college student. He 
marries secretly, fearing his father's 
wrath. HIa wife dies; her baby 
dies; the wife's sister gets some- 
body else's baby and schemes to 
blackmail Robert. All this Is set 
forth in two scenes and three titles. 
Then they wa.ste 100 feet or more 
In picturing the agonies of con« 
science that the blackmailing sister 

with hatred for Allen Carver, that 1 suffers for her crimes. And the Jest 

American who could not but be 
hated in his despicable role, and was 
played In a matter-of-fact way by 
Kenneth Harlan. 
As a matter of record, on the Rial- 

starring of Bebe Daniels and Con-, . »- -- — 

rad Nagel should have some box- ! ^and s feeling that he is neglected 
or" -0 value. j ^y J»'S wi.e, who is preoccupied by 

Tiie story is of the granddaugh- ' J)^'; ";J?^^''^ ""^^\- ^**^" ^« ^''® 
ter of a famou.s old Spanish grandee ^"^^^ ^^^' "^^^P.y has a v.ardrobe full 

whose family was once a power in 
Californ.a. The girl s grandfather 
and she are the sole surviving mem- 
bers. They are in poverty and the 
f irl is dancing in a water front cafe 
in San Francisco. She has at- 
,tracted the attention of a society I 

of expensive clothes paid for by tlie 
huiband, and learns from a scandal 
society paper the two are seen In 
company sufTl .rntly to cause gos- 
sip, she taxes husband with being 
In love and goes off to Reno, 

^„ _. _ ^ , The husband insists upon marry- 

manrwhVtrles to wln^her for his *"« ''es?y when his w.fe wins her 
ini3trtK.>4. j decree, but Pe-gy turns him off In 

■ At the opening is a dream m S^.^Th'^Viri??."-^^'' ^"^ richer man. 

which the girl is a princess and the n^^^^^^T.Jr ' ",7^'' •'"^P^^*"^ 

hero of the tale a devoted knight, ^^^'^'i^^'y^'^^^^^" ""s« «^Ph's 

They love, but she is elain by the ' ^L»j"^!^;^"^«-/Vben old man Dem- 

Jealous court Jester. Her grand- J^^^^ ^«'»~«-'«^^o support the young 

father informs her. when she tells f^^^' ^^eggy has no compunction in 

him of the dream, that that has been f'^'^'"*^ ^ ^^^^^ «/ $25,000 to discard 

the fate of the entire family, their Jri" ^!)l^fi"^^^I?f Vi.^^^ 'J^V^^ °f 
•nd is always foretold In visions of 
that naturi'. A half-witted clown 

before the expected arrival of the , to'a program this week is a short 
parson and the marriage the mother reel named "The Mirror." It gives 
In desperation steals away to a dis- ' the history of aviation from the days 
tant cabin where a revenue officer of 1908. when the Wrights. Curtiss, 
is located, and in return for $100 j Parman and Bleriot did theit^ mis- 

discloses the hiding place of the 
Tolllver moonshine still. The reve- 
nue men close in on the whiskey 
plant while the father and three 
sons are at work and a fine dra- 
matic battle is staged here, while 

fiionary work at the risk of their 
lives. It is set down plctorlally and 
statistically In a way to the present 
day. As an Interesting picture less 
than one-third the length of "The 
Toll of the Sea" (a misnomer in its 

who secured the position In the cafe 

ifor her is her protector frem the 

atventions of the rougher element 

and the society men who try to flirt 

jwlth her. Of all of the latter the 

;one who makes the greatest impres- 

;*lon is Bliss Gordon, played by 

^Adolf'h Je'.n Menjou. He makes it 

*ia corking heavy. Securing engage- 

^inents at social functions for the 

girl as part of his campaign, when 

his wife calls In her nephew, to asy 

sist her In breaking up the infat- 

his father. She takes the money 
and agrees to divorce him. being 
supported by her companion of 
many flirtations. Olga. her ma'd 
until they trod the pr mrose path 
together. The monev *ls paid, the 
agreement rigned and Peggy is on 
her way back to the carefree life of 
the cabaret lounger when she sud- 
denly reverses hers'f for no visible 
reason except that it made a better 
commercial movie. 

So she spends the last reel In 
bringing her f Ister and her divorced 
husband together again In a passage 

nation, the dancing girl recognises meant to be prettily sentimental, re 
him as the knight who appeared In turning to her owe Faphead hu-band 
her dreams. Although she loves i and receiving the blesslntrs of the 
him she bids him go. In fear he will jrlch father, who came In In ti-ne 
mean her death. for the sugary fin>h with his benc- 

'^jrdon's wife In an effort to re- I <l;Ctlon. Apparently she lived a lif<» 
gain her husband's waning affection ' ^^ content thereafter. An old age of 
tal:ea up dancing, and at a social Poverty and toll would scarcely have 

the mother at the cabin is arranging i title, by the way). It Is vastly more 
for the departure of the girl and boy interesting to children or adults, 
for happiness beyond the mountains. But "The Tolf of the Sea" will do 

The fath<y: e.«i<'apes from the reve- , on the regular programs If too much 
nue men, and in a series of short \ is not looked for from It. fiime. 
scenes is shown hastening toward 
the cabin, working up suspense for 
a final clash, the previous action 
having disposed of the three 
brothers at the hands of the armed 
revenue men. The climax is not 
effective. The father reaches the 
cabin after the young people have 
departed, but Is prevented from in- 
terfering with them by the mother's 
threat to shoot. Husband and wife 
meet In a clash of wills after she 
confesses It was she who sold out 
to the revenue men. The only 
logical ending would be the death 
of either one, but the scenario 
writer's nerve must have deserted 
him at the last moment. He has 
the husband giving way and agree- 
ing that henceforth they shall live 
In mutual partnership. A hopelessly 
unconvincing ^c^ution and a feeble 

Emily Fitzroy's performance as 
the backwoodi mother is a remark- 
ably strong bit of dramatic acting. : 
Burr Mcintosh contributes fi:\owork \ 
as the father. The scenic features ' 
are excellent and the photography j 
first-rate, but the story almost pre- 
cludes any substantial record at the I 
box ofiSce. Rush. ! 

affair substitutes for the oanring 
girl. The half-crazed clown, believ- 
ing the glr] has fallen In love with 
Gordon, trails her to the affair. As 
she is finishing her dance he fires a 
shot through a window and appa- 
rently kills her. It was the wife of 
Gordon who was the victim. At the 
finish the girl and nephew are 
cl'nrhed for the final fadeout. 

The picture is well handled in di- 
rection, especla'ly the trick stuff In 
the dream episode, where Stanlaws 
has employed the fairies and 
witches as aids to his story, which 
part will please the children. 


been too severe a penalty for her 
acts of reel one to four, spmething 
li'e Becky Sha'-pe's. say. 

Even so fre'-h and dainty a young 
actress as Falre Binney can't save 
the character from vulgarity. An 
excellent cast of p!ayer8 Is wasted. 
' including Joseph Smker ss the 
I young husband. Huntley Cordon, 
J. Barney Sherry. Forence B ll'ngg 
and Temnler Saxe. Tho production 
was in the best style of the up-to- 
date studio and the photography 
first-class. Rush. 


The moral values of this picture 
are perfect, but In all other particu- 
lars it is as bad a production as ever 
gets within walking distance of 
Times square. The story Is a crude 
transcript of "Silas Mamer," with 
such variations as making tho 
weaver a blacksmith named David 
something, placing the action In a 
nondescript place and in a time 
when people wore clothes of about 
KO') nnd rode in autos of about 1916 

The continuity is disordered, the 
story void and without form. As 
soon as one gets acquainted with a 

of it Is that these agonies don't lead 
anywhere unless It Is to the sage 
moral In a title copied in full and 
here preserved to posterity: "Un- 
easy In mind and heart is the wom- 
an who would deceive." The moral 
is plain — It Is all wrong to blackmail 
timid husbands, If you get the point. 

The acting and direction are on a 
par with the rest of the Junk. In 
one scene — It was where the 
blackmailing sister dies In the 
blacksmith's home, if a stunned and 
staggering memory serves — one of 
the characters starts to exit regis- 
tering sorrow. When he takes three 
steps he observes that his course is 
going to lead him between the hero, 
also In an appropriate attitude of 
dejection, and the camera. Bo he 
starts, retraces hla way and de- 
corously walks off behind the hero. 
The passage was worthy of Mack 

The featured player is a child, "Bim 
Horman, who was poorly coached. 
Of course, the little one had a dog, 
but the chance was lost. It wasn*t 
a movie dog at all, Jnst a natural 
brlndle pup, and it was obviously 
unnerved by all the fuss and noise 
of a movie lot. The blackmailing 
sister threw it out of a window 
along about reel two and the pup's 
value was out (or the rest of the 

Joseph Marquis played Rol>ert, 
and besides resembling y^aliy Reid 
gave evidence of acting ability. 

V . HusK 


Technicolor production, released throutrh 
M-tro. Story by Francea Marion. Chewier 
M. Franklin, director. Photocraiihlc direc- 
tion by J. A. Ball. At Rlalto. New York, 
we«k Nov. 28. 

Lotus Flower Anna May Wong 

Allen Carver Kenneth Harlan 

Barbara Carver Ccatrice Kcntley 


■. Production by Pyramid Pictures. Inc., 
from Kugene Walters' stage play, "The 
Fleppor," adapted by Peter Milne and di- 
rected by George Terwilllger. Fair Binney 
(uatured. Dintiibuted by American Releas- 
ing. At the Cameo, New York. Nov. 20. 
Peggy Kendricks Fa4re B.nney 


Feature length drama by Charles Brabln. 
Story by Alfred Raboch; aoenarlo by Mr. 
Urabin, who also directed. Principal parts 
by Charles Emmett Mack, Emily Fltzroy, 
Burr Mcintosh and BUnora Fair. Invitation 
•crsening Nov. 23. 

An admirable bit of dramatie stag- 

i-eggy KenuricK. raire B.nney ^"6 a"? «^'-^^" story te...nj,'. but tne 

Ralph Demarost Joseph Striker [ story is gloomy and depressing to 

Bartiey ciayboume Huntley Gordon ' an extreme degree. There are pow- 

Kate Claybourne Florence Billings , ©rful p i saqes Of iragic im- 

ilor*acef^mar;rt.\\\*:V;.: J.' Barney" tfher?^PO^^^ but the tragedy has a sordid 

'Dayard Thomas Tempter Saxe 

Btovc O'Mallcy liarry Clay lilaney 

Kugene Walter built up a play ol 

quality that leaves an ugly impres- 

It deals with brutal people of the 
Tennessee mountains. creatures 

bitter pessimism and unadulterated J without a redeeming grace or a 

ugliness, and then the pollyanna 
movies took it up and suRar-coated 
it. The result Isn't satlsfwctory. 
"The Flapper" was a d sagreeable 
treatise on the selflsh, unscrupu'ous 
female of tho younijer generation. 
Walter's may have been a distorted 
view, but at least it was a real 
attitude and It went to a reasonably 
logical conclusion. 

The film version is nothing at all. 
The Indictment of the unprincipled 
younj? person of the feminine per- 
suasion is presented with painstak- 
ing care and in its exposition is con- 
vincing. Then tho play take»^ it all 
back and wc arc treated to a coun- 
terfe t "happy ending" that simply 
won't po down. 

Peggy wrecks a couple of homes 
as f\:o poos her self-lndugent way, 
and Is about to deliberate y wreck 
the life of the young man who mar- 
ries her, when she suddenly expe- 
riences a change of heart, and In a 
twinkllntr Ip as anpeMc as before she 
was vixenish. They took limitless 
care in btiildinp up the wlcl-ed char- 
art^'r, but tho paraxon was the make- 
shift task of one short .''cene and a 
couple of titles. The net result was 
the Llft!e Mi'S Hyde stuck nnd the 
Little Miss Jpkyll was dismissed as 

saving touch of humor or pic 
turesqueness, a sordid, dingy lot, 
whose ugly lives form the back- 
ground of the play, which has not 
an enlightening contrast. Violence 

It was chancing It to place a Chi- i 
nese "Butterfly" on the screen at < 
this date for that kind of tale wher- ' 
ever set. It hardly called for Miss 
Marlon to write it. Thousands of 
them must have been thrown in the 
basket ever since there were pic- 
tures. Though, colncldentally, "East : 
Is West" Is released about this time 
as well. 

The sad and tragic romance of i 
Mme. Butterfly passed through made 
It once, and enough. There are 
others sadder and more tragic near- I 
er home. Let the scenario writers 
open up their imaginations, If pos- 
sessing them, not to water the stock 
of others. 

Here it Is no different, other than 
In the locale, the nationality and a 
I baby boy, with the Chinese glrl-wlfe I 
rescuing her husband from the sea 
as he floated in at the opening of the 
picture, to win and lose him as he 
I forgflt his chink wife, the baby to 
I come and the sea. And she, after 
! vainly waiting, in Hong Kong, to j 
again have the husband and his lat- | 
est American wife return, to give 
him and the boy up for her, the 
American, and the Chinese girl, ) 
alone with her sea, walked Into it 

22 BigTime Pictures 

To start tlie New Year 

. :■■■■•„ •• ,-i. ...-'. 

First National has contracted for 23 of the biggest 
Box-Oftice attractions ever offered exhibitors, to be 
released the first period of 1923. Arrangements also 
are being made for other big features. Just look 
over this list: 

and blood and hate enter Into the i ^nd to her death, for the finish, 
tale as Its only motif, and the whole Someone recognized this storv 
thing makes an unlovely picture. | needed something else, even beyond 
Why Is it that dramatic realism . the extraordinarily fine playing of 
plays constantly upon the nasty side ^n^a May Wong, who is an exqul- 

>■'• '^-^^^ 


[Insure Jour Screen 

of life? It Is doubtful If this kind 
of material has any appeal for the 
picture fans. Indeed, it does not 
seem to prosper, especially beyond 
the limited audiences of the so- 
called "new theatre," and its possi- 
bilities for the screen are negligible. 
The picture Is well enough done, 
but the question is one of choice of 
material with which to address a 
special public, and Mr. Brabin is at 
fault in attempting to present a 
heavy, gloomy tragedy through the 
screen medium that lends Itself to 
romantlO treatment pretty exclu- 

The story centers in the Tolllver 
family of moonshiners, a brutal 
father and three equally bruial. 
snarling, drunken sons, the quartet 

seemingly being In a conspiracy 

against a younger brother, favorite 

of tho brow-beaten, toil-worn . notlceatjle defect 

mother, a pathetic slave of poverty scheme. 

and wretchedness. A pretty little 

love affair develops between the 

boy Tommy and tho sweet daughter 

of the neighboring Hardin family, 

little Rose. The elder r.r\(\ wors: 

of tho three older brothers loolcs 

upon the child with eyes of desire 

wliilo the silent mother. vainly trie: 

to aid her favorite's Bu'.t. 

Rose's fa'her opposes tho older 

brother's surly courtship, and l.s 

shot down In the back In revenge 

while the daughter Is taken Into the 

Tolllver houiehold believing that 

site crier without glycerine, or Baby 
Moran, as darling a boy (if not a 
girl) as the screen owns. 

So it was a color process Techni- 
color gave to the filming that seemed 
to run quite short of the regulation . 
I five reels. Nothing In a moving pic. ' 
ture story can rise superior to the 
story. Coloring never will, never 
' has, and doesn't here. The coloring 
, runs without streaks, the camera 
catching the natural colors aparent- 
I ly, althoup^h what seemed something 
I of a freak in this process Is that the 
pallid color given to the complexion 
I of the Chinese extended to the faces 
' of the Americans as well. Perhaps 
I white cannot be taken by this cam- 
' era with Its pallid shade envelop- 
' Ing all faces, white being open to 
I question as a color or for coloring 
! In specific connection. But It was a 

In the colorinpT 

A John M. Stahl production ' 

in "Fury" 

In "A Voice from the ^inaret" 

A Thomas H. Ince Special 

"BELL BOY 13" 

A Thomas H. Ince production 

with Dougius MacLean 


A Thomas H. Ince produ<?tlon 

with Douglna MacLean 

in "Money, Money, Moneys 

in "Daddy" 

Title to be announced later 

A Thomaa H. Ince production 

in "The Lonely Road ' 


A Thomas H. Ince production 

with Douglas MacLean 



An Edwin Carewe production 

taken from the famous 

Belasco play 

in "The Scarlet Lily' 

A Richard Walton Tully produc- 


A Laurence Trimble-Jane Murfln 


(Not a Strongheart picture) 


An Allen Holubar production 

with Dorothy Phillipa 


in "The Bright Shawl," Joseph 

Hergesheimer'a famous story 

in "Within the Law" 


A John M. Stahl production 

'■\ _____ ' ■ * [-, 


A Maurice Tourneur production 

taken from Capt Marrlot's 

famous sea atory 

Title to be announced 


Still, though, the natural colors or 
the coloring In this Torhnicolor 
prodttct if attractive, as it hrlngH out 
the foliage or strikes the colnrful 
dress of thp rhinosc. but, as with ail 
dovlres tried for in pictures as .s mf- 
thing now. other than story, direc- 
tion or HOttinRS, the newness bcromos 
part of the pirturo almost Imnudl- 
atoly, and thoroaftrr Is accepted, 
with the story remaining as the 
main thread or holding power, If 
there Is a story such as here, and 
not a display of flowers or some par- 

;^ 3ir6t national "Picturt 

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Friday, December 1, 1922 


o Paramount Houses Run Neck and Neck with 
$15J00 as Gross Last Wedc— 'Trifling Women'' 
Pulls $43,000— 'Tess" Drops on Second Week 

Broadway witnessed a peculiar in- 
•Ident last week when the two Para- 
mount houses, the Rialto and Riv- 
oil, ran practically neck and neck 
In the matter of gross receipts, there 
beiniT hardly 1100 difference in the 
business done at the two houses. It 
waa the Capitol, however, that 
walked off with the prize receipts of 
th« week« getting around 143,000 
with the Metro feature, "Trilling 
Women," after the Rex Ingram spe- 
cial had played a run at the Astor 
for four or five weeks. "Tess," in 
Its second week at the Strand, fell 
off somewhat in receipts but still 
turned a good week's business for 
the house. 

Of the specials there will be but 
three remaining after the current 
week. They are "Knighthood." at 
the Criterion, getting between $10,- 
000 and (11,000 each week; "Robin 
Hood," at the Lyric, touching $18,- 
000. and "The Town That Forgot 
God." the Fox special at the Astor, 
where the business has been build - 
Sng steadily. 

For a elngle week a contender for 
bonora will be the revival of "The 
Birth of a Nation." to slip into the 
Selwyn following "Partners Again." 
Griffith had the Apollo for his "One 
Bxciting Night," which also ends 
this Saturday to make room for a 
new Selwyn show. There was an 
additional week to run on the rental 
arrangement and the Selwyns pro- 
posed to let the picturfi producer 
have the Selwyn to continue, but he 
decided to place his initial master- 
piece on Broadway for a week in- 

"The Village Blacksmith," which 
Pox had at the 44th Street, closed 
last Saturday, leaving the house 

• dark, with it understood Fox is con- 
tinuing to pay the rent for the 
period he had leased it. 

At the Cameo the American Re- 
leasing put in "What Fools Men 
Are" after having run "The Queen 
of the Moulin Rouge" and 'When 
the Desert Calls" for two weeks 
each at the house. 

Estimated business last week: 
Apollo— "One Exciting Night" 
(Griffith). Seats 1,200. Scale: Mats., 
$1 top; eves., $1.60. The overflow 
of "Robin Hood" has been helping 
Griffith picture, which llnlshes this 
woek. "The Birth of a Nation" to 
go into Selwyn next week for single 

Astor— "The Town That Forgot 
QoA" (Fox). Seats, 1,131. Scale: 
Mats., $1 top: eves., $1.50. Fourth 
week. SometWng under $6,000 last 

Cameo — "When the Desert Calls" 
(Am. Releasing). Seats, 550. Scale: 
55-76. With a small capacity house 
the second week of this picture hetd 
to $4,000; considered exceptional. 
, Capitol— "Trifling Women" (Me- 
tro). Seata^ 6.300. Scale: Mats.. 
S0-50-$l; eves., 55-85-$l. Pulled 
terriflc week's business getting a 
gross of $43,000. playing this house 
after having had a run at the Astor 
which concluded two weeks ago. 

Criterion— "Knightliood* (Cosmo- 
politan-Paramount). Seats, 886. 
Scale: Mats., $1.50 top; eves., $2; 

• »th week. Continuing at capacity 
clip; got almost $11,000 last week. 

44th Street— "The Village Black- 
smith" (Fox). Seats, 1.31i3. Scale: 
Mats., $1 top; eves., $1.50. Fourth 
week. Finished at this house last 
Saturday night, getting under $3,000 
on the week. 

Lric — "Robin Hood" (United 
Artists). Seats, 1,400. Scale: Mats., 
$1.60 top; eves.. $2. Fifth week. 
Doing a corking business, drawing 
around $18,000 a week. Doug and 
Mary, who were here for several 
weeks, left for the coast on Sunday. 
Rialto— "Ebb Tide" (Paramount). 
Seats 1,960; scale, 55-85-99. This 
house managed to hold its twin 
theatre up the street to an even 
break on the week, getting around 

Rivoli — "Pride of Palomar" (Par- 
amount). Seats 2,200; scale. 55-85- 
99. This Cosmopolitan did not turn 
the business that it was expected 
to and the Rivoli on the week failed 
to top the Rialto by more than $100 
getting with the gross also being 
around $15,700. 

Strand — "Tess of the Storm 

Country." Seats 2,900; scale. 30-50- 

85. The second week of "Tess" 


Town Tiring of "Sheik" Films 

— Estelle Taylor's 


Kansas City, Nov. 2f. 
With a city-wide campaign for 
the purpose of raising $850,000 for 
the city's charitable institutions 
conducted all week and to a suc- 
cessful conclusion Sunday, there 
were thousands who failed to flnd 
time for tho movies and more thou- 
sands who. having given liberally, 
evidently did not feel able to spend 
anything for amusement, conse- 
quently there was but one answer — 
poor business at all the downtown 
fllm housea. 

"The Man Who Saw Tomorrow" 
was the Royal's offering and this 
house held up better than any of 
the others. At the Newman Valen- 
tino's "Young Rajah" flopped dis- 
mally. Opening to capacity Sunday, 
the picture failed to get over and 
the balance of the week was worse 
than poor. This is the second 
"Sheik" picture to fail at this houae 
in the last few weeks, and it looks 
as though the fans* were fllled up 
with it. The house continues its 
numerous extra musical and danc- 
ing events and is making a big 
play for everything in sight. 

Those who liked their "vamps" 
thought well of the Liberty's bill, 
"A Fool There Was," with Estelle 
Taylor, but business was only ordi- 
nary. The Newman's third string 
house, the Twelfth Street, with John 
Barrymore in "Sherlock Holmes." 
proved the exception. Many were 
present who had never b^en in the 
house before. 

Newman — "The Young Rajah" 
(Paramount). Seats*. 1.980. Scale: 
Mats., 35; nights, 60-75. Opened 
big Sunday, but flopped badly dur- 
ing balance of week despite big 
show given with it. Around $12,000. 
Liberty— "A Fool There Was" 
(Fox). Seats, 1,000. Scale: 35-50. 
Estelle Taylor. Critics who saw the 
flrst with Theda Bara declare Miss 
Taylor is worthy successor to 
vampy shoes of predecessor. This 
1922 version is up to date and a 
similar story is carried in the news- 
papers every day. Grossed close to 

Twelfth St.— "Sherlock Holmes." 
Seats, 1^00. Scale: 10-25. John 
Barrymore. On account of the press 
stuff given the picture it drew 
slightly in addition to tho regular 
house business; about $2,400. 

Royal — "Tho Man Who Saw To- 
morrow" (Paramount). Seats, 890. 
Scale: 35-50. Thomas Melghan. 
Business in neighborhood of $7,000. 
• Opposition first-runs at popular- 
priced vaudeville houses: "The 
Hands of Nara," Mainstreet; "The 
Lavender Bath Lady," Globe, and 
"The Golden Gift," Pantages. 


$100,000 Damages A8ke</ from 
Knickerbocker Disaster 

Washington, Nov. 29. 
The flrst suit following the 
Knickerbocker theatre disaster was 
filed here with $100,000 asked as 
damages by Mrs. Sadie Breslau. A 
separate suit has also been filed for 
$25,000 by Richard Breslau, her 
husband, who claims this amount 
for the loss, of the services of his 
wife. Both suits are filed in the 
District Supreme Court. 

Mrs. Breslau says that she was 
sitting in the balcony on the night 
of the disaster last January and 
was imprisoned In the debris for 
more than three hours. 

The suits are against the Knicker- 
bocker Theatre Company, of which 
Harry M. Crandali was president. 

naturally fell ofC to a certain extent 
with the gross going around $29,000. 

Goldwyn has insured the lives of 
Eric von Stroheln> and June Mathls 
through Behrend & Levy of Los 
Angeles. Stroheim was recently 
•Igned by Goldwyn as a director. 
Mias Mathls is under contract by 
Goldwyn to do the scenario of "Ben • 

When the New York State ^lo- 
tion Picture Commission refused to 
license the exhibition of "Fate," 
starring Clara Smith Ilamon, on 
the ground It would corrupt morals 
and tend to incite crime, the spon- 
sors of the production appealed ttJ 
the Appellate Division. That judi- 
cial body has affirmed the commis- 
sion's decision and "Fate" cannot be 
exhibited in New York State. Clara 
Smith Hamon was acquitted of the 
murder of Jako L. Hamon, wealthy 
Oklahoma politician, in the spring 
m9P 1521. 


''Down to the Sea In Ships" 

Counted on to Build Up 

"Trifling Women" 

Boston, Nor. 2f. 

The bl|r screech this week was the 
Selwyn swing from the legit field 
into plcturea. From present ap- 
pearances It will stay there for 
some weeks to come. 

"Down to the Sea In Ships" 
should go especially well In New 
England. It is built around a busi- 
ness, whaling, that at one time was 
registered as one of the top- 
notchers in trade. It opened Mon- 
day night with an invitation audi- 
ence augmented by s(une real cash. 
In fact, the cash op hand was sufld- 
clent to encourage the house people 
into believing that there might be 
something In the picture to give the 
house a break on a percentage 

It is in on a guarantee from those 
behind the Elmer Clifton fllm, but 
there is also an arrangement where- 
by the house gets a cut if the gross 
gets high enough. It is plugging 
against real opposition in "When 
Knighthood Was in Flower," still 
housed at the Park. 

"One Exciting Night." the Grif- 
fith fllm is on the. last we^k at 
Tremont Temple. Admittedly not 
one of the best Griffith ever put 
forth, it has gone along to fair 
business at the downtown house for 
several weeks. Priced at $1.50 top, 
but with plenty of room on the 
floor at $1, and some seats at 50 
cents, the T-eekly gross never ran 
very big, but large enough to cover 
the house rental. 

It is now the sixth week for the 
Marlon Davles picture ait the Park. 
Up-to-date publicity methods, with 
the Hearst papers doing everything 
possible to keep the fllm before the 
public, has kept it going big, but 
has not been picking up much. Last 
week waa oft from the preceding 
week. By the time the picture, is 
ready to pull out. In three weeks 
according to the original arrange- 
ments, it should be down to a gross 
between $5,000 and $6,000. 

Last week the two big Loew 
houses, the State, uptown, and the 
Orpheum, -downtown, showed ,tne 
same picture, "Trifling Women." It 
was the second week this has been 
attempted and again there is no 
sign that fhese houses cut into 
each otner. The downtown '..ouse 
runs vaudeville with the picture, 
and appeals to a different class of 
patrons at prices that are on a par 
with those uptown. 

Business at most of the big 
houses was off about $1,000 from 
that done the proceeding week, due 
to no special reason, the weather 
during the week having been of the 
nort that makes for good' attend- 
ance at the picture houses. It was 
probably a natural letdown, not 
significant in itself. 

After a couple of weeks with "The 
Cuiyie of Drink," the Globe, another 
Loew house, has gone over to the 
split week program again. "The 
Curse of Drink" was way off, the 
film doing less thah $3,000. It 
could not be shown Sunday be- 
cause of the local Sunday licensing 
arrangement. . 

Estimates for last week: 
Loew's'S t a ta— (Capacity, 4,000; 
scale. 26-50.) Using this week the 
William de Mille production of 
Booth Tarkington's "Clarence" as a 
feature; Viola Dana in "Love in the 
Dark," underlined. "Trifiing Wom- 
en," at the house last week, did a 
bit better than $13,000, a bit over 
$1,000 from the business of the pre- 
vious week. 

Tremont Temple — (Capacity, 
2,000; scale, 50-$1.50.) The final 
week of "One Exciting Night," the 
Griffith film which is now on the 
eighth week at the house, and which 
did not do a startling amount of 
business any time during the stay. 
On the departure of this picture the 
house win show Jackie Coopan s 
"Oliver Twist," figured for big busi- 
ness during the holiday season. 

Park — (Cap clty^ 2.400; scale, 50- 
$1.50.) "Knighthood" on the sixth 
week, with two more to go. Busi- 
ness slid off a trlfie the first of last 
week, but came back strong towards 
the end, grossing between $8,500 and 
$9,000. Is finding difficulty filling up 
at the mats. To offset this a special 
souvenir was given to the first 600 
persons attending the Sunday mat- 

Modern — (Capacity, 800; scale, 2S- 
40). With an extra break In the 
publicity line last week the house 
did about $5,500 with "Till We Meet 
Again." This is business just about 
average for the house, everything 
being even. Using "The Kentucky 
Derby," with "Dusk to Dawn" 
underlined this week. 

Beacon — (Capacity, scale and at- 
traction similar to Modern, with 
gpnss about the same.) 

The Orpheum did about $16,000 
last week, using "Trifling Women." 


Expected Uplift in Receipts ^ails 
to Material isi 

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Washington, Nor. 29. 
A luU hit the nation's capitol that 
waa not expected during the paat 
week. The reconvening of Congress, 
which was anticipated would boost 
receipts generally failed to help 
matters, and, though the house* got 

about their usual patronage, it was 
not what was expected. 

A reversal in the running of the 
houses on a comparative basis was 
also noted; the Columbia, with Ro- 
dolph Valentino in "The Young 
Rajah," naturally held flrst place, 
as was expected, but Loew's Palace, 
also a good second with its large 
seating capacity and popular run 
of established picture stars, dropped 
Into last place as far as receipts 
were concerned. 

Estimates for the week: 

Loew's Columbia — "The Young 
Rajah." (Paramount). (Capacity 
1.200; scale 25-35 mats., 35-60 
nights). This latest Valentino offer- 
ing caught on from the very offset 
and piled up the usual big gross for 
the opening week of a big picture 
for this house. Business more than 
Justifying its continuance for a sec- 
ond week. Did between $14,000 and 

Moore's Rialto — "The Impossible 
Mrs. Bellow." (Paramount). (Ca- 
pacity 1,900; scale, mornings 25, 
afternoon 35. evenings 60). This is 
the flrst of the Paramount pictures 
to be shown at this house in^con- 
slderable time. The star is^ ex- 
tremely popular, more particularly 
among the women, and the result 
was that receipts took a big Jump 
and incidentally bringing this 
house, which usually foots the list 
of houses, into second place. Looks 
to have gotten close to $10,000. 

Crandall's Metropolitan — "Kindred 
of the Dust." (First National). 
(Capacity 1.700; scale 20-35 mats, 
35-60 evenings). This Peter B. 
Kyne story was well liked and kept 
the business at the usual level for 
this house. Looks to have done 
about $8,500.' 

Loew's Palace— "Youth to Youth." 
(Metro). (Capacity 2.500; scale 20- 
35 mats. 35-40-50 nights). This 


^'Manslaughter" Under Ex« 
pectations at Roosevelt — 
''Exciting Night" Good ^ ; 

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Chicago. Nov. 29. 

Picture enthusiasm was at a 
standstill along the Rialto last week. 
The only ripple was the extensive 
advertising by Griffith's "One Ez« 
citing Nfght." Much was expected 
from "Manslaughter" at the Roose- 
velt to torce out "Knighthood/* but 
it did not prove as big a draw am i 
expected, most of the dailies kidding 
the fllm. Plenty of money spent on 
this feature, w'th months and , 
months of billboard work and ' 
publicity. ^ ^ '. 

Jones, Llnick A Schaefer's Mc- 

Vlcker's is being watched In com- 
parison with the Chicago theatre, 
both as to presentations and power 
of Hlms. J. L. & S. have started 
on a newspaper advertising cam- 
palgn. It is said part of this ad- 
vertising is being paid for by Fa- 
mous Players, but the much- ' 
rumored statement of Famous hav- 
ing money in the house itself is 
denied and the denial is4>elieved by 
the insiders. 
Estimates for last week: 

"Rich Man's Wives'' (First Na* ' 
tionaf. Chicago. Seats. 4,i;00. Scale: 
Mats., 60; nights, 65. blouse Peters. 
Claire Windsor and strong presen- 
tation.' but for somo reitson house 
did not hold its own. McVicker's 
must have cut in for at least a few 
thousand dollars, and the waiting 
crowd at the Chicago has been 
greatly diminished. 

"Manslaughter," Roosevelt. Seats. 
1,275. Scale: Mats., 30; n ghta, 65. 
Dooked in for two weeks, but not 
proving as strong as expected. Any 
big feature on its first week here is 
good for around 120,000. Second 
week tells the tale. 

"The Impossible Mrs. Believ/* 
(Paramount), McVickers. -Seats, 

2,500. Scale: Mats.. 49; nights. 69. 

pIcture'"featuring''>>iirie"D^Ve.*ai- : ?'f^i"/i!?_«:.?L°^iL^^!:^!?r- ^.VJly.Z^ 
though most pleasing, failed to ~ " * ~ " '""" 

hold up, the receipts dropping a 
little below the usual. Possibly this 
was not altogether the fault of the 
picture, as things Just seemed to 
be a little ofT. Did about (8.000. 


"Brawn of North" and "Clar- 
ence," with Double Dates, 
Draw in Pittsburgh 

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Pittsburgh. Nov. 29. 
The start of cold weather livened 
business up considerably last week, 
and Justified the two big features 
each in two houses in the two chief 
districts. ''Brawn of the North" 
lived up to Its advance notices, 
and with its abundance of action 
and splendid scenic display all prop- 
erly played up, drew well at both 
the Grand and the Regent. "Clar- 
ence." preceded by its popularity as 
a novel and on the stage, drew sub- 
stantially, receiving favorable com- 
merit of the dailies. At both the 
Liberty and Sate, where it was pre- 
sented, the week-end returns boost- 
ed the gross considerably. The sec- 
ond week of "The Young Rajah" al- 
most duplicated the Olyiftpic's flrst. 
The Grand this week is again fea- 
turing a group of string musicians 
of their orchestra, while the Olym- 
pic announces a follow-up of Elsie 
Ferguson, appearing at the Alvln 
this week In person, in the presen- 
tation of her latest film vehicle next 
week, "The Outcast." 
Estimates on last week's business: 
Grand— "Brawn of the North." 
(Seats 2,500; scale, 25-40-55.) Irene 
Rich and Lee Shumway were little 
featured and could hardly be cred- 
ited with any of the draw, the pic- 
ture relying on the title and the 
reputation of the house. Strong- 
heart, the wonder dog, might also 
be given a certain share of credit. 
About J13,500. 

Olympic— "Young Rajah." (Seats 
1,100; scale, 25-40.) The Valentino 
vehicle started off mildly In its sec- 
ond week, but picked up gradually 
and scored almost as big a gross as 
tho first. The picture was praised, 
though not considered as well done 
as others by the same star. About 

Liberty— "Clarence." (Scats 1,- 
200; scale. 25-40-55.) Considered a 
good attraction In this district, 
where the neighborhood element 
comprists much of the collegiate 
group. With the start of cold 
breezes business improved notice- 
ably. About $8,600. 

consideration from press, although 
Miss Swanson is almost through as 
a'' picture card in this city. New 
theatre continuing to hold up to 
$25,000 and $26,000 weekly. 

"The Man Who Played God" 

(Universal). Randolph. Seats. 686. 
Scale: Mats., 35; nights, 50. George 
Arliss, featured in this picture, 
playing three blocks away In hi* 
own show. It is doubtful if tha 
picture helped the show, but the 
show no doubt helped the picture. 
Town was covered with placards of 
attractive design, which drew busi* 
ness for the house. Around $7,000. 
"One exciting Night** (D. W. 
Griffith). Illinois. 2d week. Seats, 
1.500. Scale: $1-75-50. Some one 
knowing Chicago is handling thla 
film and getting the most out of it. 
Causing a great deal of word of 
mouth advertising and drawing real 
money to house. Doubtful if any 
money will be made on its down- 
town showing, but no money will b« 
lost, and with its loop prestige will 
do terrific business in the outlying 
houses. Around $12,000 last we^c 


steady Business in Picture Houset 
Still Continues 

"Buster" Keaton left for the coast 

after having been in New York for 

over a month. On his return west 

the same film that was featured at I ^^'^ ^'^^^ immediately begin work '^a 

the State upLowi^ , 

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a feature-length ^omedy. 

Detroit, Nov. 29. - 
No outstanding feature in con* 
nection with the first-run picture 
situation last week. Business very 
good all over, nobody reporting a 
poor business, but no one reporting 
a whopper business. Weather was 
ideal — cold and snappy. Tho two 
big feature attractions for the third 
week wore "Knighthood" at the 
Adams and "Robin Hood" at the 
Orpheum. "Knighthood" was 75 
and "Robin Hood" $2. The Adam« 
is giving five shows daily and the 
Orpheum two shows daily. "Robirt 
Hood" is not getting the play the 
Shadduk.'am Grotto anticipated, and 
it is duobtful if the engagement— 
which will run another week — will 
prove profitable. 

Adams — "Knighthood." Fortunate 
Detroit has a Hearst paper, as this 
picture has received a ton of pu- 
llcity through the Hearst organ. 
Business patlsfactory in third week. 
Around $12,000. Will stay fourth 

Madison — "Face in the Fog.** 
Business good. Around $1U,000. 

Capitol — "Bond Boy" and orches- 
tra. Henry King tried to give 
Barthelmess another " Tola'ble 
David" but didn't get to it. Never- 
theless, corking good story. Busi- 
ness pplt^ndld all weeks- — — — >- • --—- — - 

Fox - Washington — "Sherlock 
Holmes," with John Barrymore. 
Had nine days' showing at this 
house and busneas good. Through 
co-operation of the Detroit Police 
Department a ahowcaso was plared 
in front of the theiitre exhiinting 
various guns used by noted crim- 

Broadway • Strand — "K.nrmky 
Derby." Good box-office pklure. 
Around I7*50p|,a»8 h - 

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Friday, December 1, 191^ 


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Jhree Houses Make Special Appeal to Women — 
New Comedy Find — Mrs. Douglas Crane 
Draws Well 

San Francisco, Not. M. 

There la an epidemic of fashion 
Bhows among the downtown first 
run picture theatres, put on evident- 
ly with the idea of bolstering up 
the screen features, which in most 
cases were scarcely better than 
ordinary attractions. The fashion 
shows did tho trick for business at 
the Granada, the Warfleld and the 
California held up very well 
throughout the week. 

At the California Mrs. Douglas 
Crane was featured in the fashion 
show given in connection with Irene 
Castle's feature, "Slim Shoulders." 

The Granada celebrated its first 
anniversary with an elaborate pro- 
gram, offering the fashion show in 
conjunction with "Brothers Under^ 
the Skin." This house, which is open- » 
ing on Saturdays, manages to draw 
a big patronage on Saturday and 
Sunday, but cannot seem to over- 
come a drop on Monday and Tues- 
day. ♦ 

The Warfleld showed "If I Were 
Queen" with Ethel Clayton and gave 
equal publicity to the Stan Laurel 
comedy, "Mud aiio Sand." The 
comedy got over 100 per <'ent. and 
easily topped the feature. Laurel is 
a new screen comedian out here and 
his first offering proved a winner. 

This house also deserves aplenty 
of credit for the merit of the fashion 
show, which was really original, 
staged with care and unexpectedly 
elaborate. Business was better 
than last week. 

"Slim Shoulders" didn't seem to 
prove much of a lure at the Cali- 
fornia, but the special engagement 
of Mrs. Douglas Crane got business. 

The Strand, with its second week 
of "Skin Deep," suffered a falling 
oft in patronage, and the smashing 
record of the first seven days with 
this offering will not be reached. 

"When Knighthood Was in 
Flower," with Marion Davies. at the 
Curran has caught the fancy of 
picturegoers, and business is hold- 
ing up better than the wiseacres 
predicted. The Hearet papers here, 
of course, have been giving it pages 
and pages of publicity. There was 
about $14,000 on the week. 

The Tivoli offered "Brawn of the 
North." and it is not making any 
special appeal. This type of screen 
entertainment is apparently through 
as far as this city is concerned. 
Patrons of the films have seen all 
the husky dogs and salt snow that 
they care to lodk at. 

At the Imperial "Sherlock 
Holmes," with John Barrymore. 
came in for the highest praise, but 
It has not proved the box ofllce draw 
that was anticipated. It is a big 
picture, well made, and most capa- 
bly acted. 

California—" 8 11m Shoulders" 
(Hodkinson). (Seats, 2,700; scale 
50-75-90). Irene Castle. The Fash- 
ion Show lavishly presented, and 
Mrs. Douglas Crane, with a dancing 
partner, created more interest than 
the picture with which it was 
•qually billed. Drew $15,000. 

Granada — "Brothers Under the 
Bkin" (Goldwyn). (Seats 2,940; 
•cale 50-76-90). Claire Windsor. It 
is anniversary week here and spe- 
cial features were offered, including 
a fashion revue headed by Anita 
Peters Wright girls. The picture 
was well thought of. with business 
holding up to average. Grons 
$14,000. - _ 

Imperial— "Sherlock Holmes" (F. 
B. O.). (Seats 1,425; scale 35-50- 
75). John Barrymore. Did not get 
what was expected. Did $7,500. 

Strand— "Skin Deep" (First Na- 
tional). (Seats 1,700; scale 40-55). 
Milton Sills (second week). Held 
up fairly well. Showing $7,000 on 
the week. 

Tivoli— "Brawn of ' the North * 
(Flrnt National). (Seats 1.800: 
scale 25-40). Featuring Strong- 
heart (the wonder dog). Got $8,000. 

Loew's Warfield — "If I Were 
Queen' '(F. B. O.). (Scats 2.800; 
scale 35-75). Ethel Clifton. The 
Fashion Show staged by Jack 
Ho'land made a good Impression 
and proved of some value to box 
Office. Groa.'^od $12,000. 
. Frolic— "The Lone HanrV H'nl- 
ver.«?al). (Seats 1,000; scale 10-30). 
Hoot Gibson. Business around 


Theatre Can't Get Features 
strong Enough for Two- 
Week Runs 

liOndOD, Nov. II. 
Vtank Cran«'a nazt picture for 
the Ideal company will be a fllmtza- 
tion of a novel, "The Hawk." For 
thi« Charles Hutclxison, known in 
America as "Hurricane Hutch." has 
been engaged to *'atar," und arrived 
hw Nov. 11. . . 

lAipino Lane, the first of whose 
comedies for William Fox has 
just been shown here, will not, as 
imagined, return to work in 
America early in the new year. His 
theatrical engagemciits will keep 
him here longer than he originally 

Adrlen Brunei, the British pro- 
ducer, who Is in Venice with an 
international company for Atles 
Biocraft, is having bad luck with 
the weather. Rain has been in- 
cessant since he and the company 
arrived, and in three weeks they 
have only taken about 1,400' feet. 
The leading man in this picture. 
which is titled "The Man Without 
Desire," is Ivor Novello. 



From Los Angeles comes the word flimdom might *• well prepare to 
face another scandal. The wife of a prominent director who has become 
involved with one of the ladies who has been seen in the cast of every u^ 
of his recent pictures is threatening to shoot the lady in question flri^t 
and obtain a divorce from her husband afterwards. ' : 

The Massachusetts flgbt against censorship in which the picture Indus- 
try was successful in defeating the proposed measure is said to have cost 
a little more than $100,000, which was furnished by the producers and 
distributors in New York. At the price the industry in general seems to 
be agreed that the Job was a cheap one. The dough bag did not appear 
until the last few days before the ejection, and then only when the in- 
dustry was advised the battle seemed a hopeless one unless there was 
some financing done. 

Liondon is wrapped in a thick 
blanket of cold fog, y«t despite this 
two new attractions have been 
added to its multiple street shows. 
One is a parade of unhappy looking 
bull-flghters advertising "Blood and 
Sand" at the Scala: the other con- 
sists of rickshaws drawn by even 
more unhappy looking Clarksonian 
"Chinkf*." and containing shivering 
girls. This advertises the Talmadge | 
picture, "East Is West." 

Philadelphia, Nov. 28. 

The picture houses reflected in a 
moderate way. the big boost in busi- 
ness shown by the legitimates be- 
cause of the Army-Navy football 

This and the presence of some 
highly advertised outstanding pic- 
tures put smiles on the face of the 
local managers. Movie business has 
been picking up considerably here 
of late. 

Ncrma Talmadge in "The Eternal 
Flame" was the Stanley feature, and 
got wonderful notices. Business, 
which is always big here for this 
star, jumped up and the house had 
its best gross in some time. This 
week a continuation of the boom is 
expected with the presence of "The 
Young Rajah," with Valentino. 
Gloria Swanson's "The Impossible 
Mrs. Bellew" will follow Valentino. 

The Stanton opened with "Nerp," 
and while this Fox feature did not 
do exceptional business, it was by 
no means the flop that several spec- 
tacles have been here recently. It 
is exilccted to ride through its sec- 
ond scheduled week in satisfactory 
style and then makes way for the 
long-heralded "When Knighthood 
Was in Flower," which will play an 
indefinite engagement. 

Heavy advertising has been used, 
and Saturday the Stanley company 
are using one solid page of adver- 
tising in all but one of the dailies. 

The Aldine did nice business, 
though by no means startling. last 
week with "Broadway Rose," which 
completed its second and final week. 
Matinee business continued big, and 
this, together with the Friday and 
Saturday boom, resulted in a gross 
of about $12,000. 

Starting this week the Aldine re- 
verts for the time being to its one- 
week policy. "The Five-Dollar Baby" 
is the present occupant, and that 
will be followed by "Enter Madame." 
This will be the first time that a 
Clara Kimball Young feature ha« 
been given a showing in one of the 
better Stanley housei^ here In a 
couple of years. 

The Karlton met disaster when It 
tried to keep "Skin Deep" In a sec- 
ond week. The first week's gross 
was satisfactory enough and showed 
considerable building power, but on 
the following Monday, with the In- 
fiux of new pictures at other houses, 
business here collapsed, and sud- 
denly, on Tuesday, "Skin Deep * was 
Ukcn out and "Trouble." with 
Jackie Coogan, eubstituted. This 
being too late for the film reviews, 
this feature never got a line of pub- 
licity, and went out Saturday after 
a poor showing to make way this 
week for "Singed Wings," in which 
Conrad Nagel was advertised as ex- 
tensively as Bebe Daniels. This Is 
also in for only a week, with "Thf 
Ebb Tide" in next. The Stanley 
company has been finding much dif- 
ficulty in getting pictures worth ____— 
two-week runs for this house. .' ,_. __ , , . ''''■%.'» 

The Palace did a fine week's busi- '^^ Universal ha» purchased with "The Prisoner of Zenda," through Laura Wllck, the play 

The matter of the 'Valentino contract with Famous Players and !t» 
injunction against him are expected to be court-decided early in Decern, 
ber. Though Valentino has declared through his attorney he will not 
again appear for F. P., the final decision on the legal proocedings may 
have some weight whichever way it goes. Meantime, Valentino has not 
drawn any of his $1,250 weekly salary from Famous, but he has had Bom« 
very large offers for personal appearances. One is said to have been over 
$4,000 a week from a picture exhibitor in the middle west. The Valentino 
representatives seem to hold the impression Valentino could appear upon 
the stage and make a few remarks (constituting a "personal appearance") 
without violating his Famous Players contract or its temporary Injunc- 
tion, alleging the contract forbids him to play under other management. 
Appearing upon the stage merely as a speaker, they say, is not playing 
under another management . f ., 

The £1,000,000 "Alliance- com- 
pany seems entirely smashed. 
Founded by Sir Waller de Freere, 
M. P.. Charles F. Hlgham, M. P., 
and various other well-known men, 
this company started with a big 
boom. American directors and ex- 
perts were brought over, the old 
"London company" studios at St. 
Margarets were practically gutted 
and everything was done on big 
lines. Their first pi turc, "Carni- 
val." with Matheson Lang and Hilda. 
Bailey in their origin.-l stage parts, 
achieved a measure of Furcess, after 
which the company did little or 
nothing beyond putting its produc- 
tions out of sight. Then Harlcy 
Knoles arrived ^nd was also goinpr 
to do big things. He made a film 
version of Balfe's "Bohemian Girl" 
with a huge and expensive cast, in- 
cluding Ellen Terry a^d Gladys 
Cooper. After doing this he was 
understood to be on the point of 
making a \ersion of the famous 
Napoleonic drama, "A Royal Di- 
vorce." He, however, went to 
America holiday-making, and has 
not returned. Alliance is a>?ain in 
the hands of the law. and Samuel- 
son will make "A Royal Divorce." 


The Broadway and 9«th Street 
Realty Co., controlled by William 
Fox, again lost out in its suit to re- 
strain the superintendent of build- 
ings from permitting the operation 
of the picture house on the comer 
of Broadway and 96th street ( Sym. 
phony theatre). Fox has a picture 
house, the Japanese Gardens, a block 
north. The Appellate Division last 
week affirmed the decision of the 
lower court to that effect. The 95th 
street property la leased by the Trio 
Amusement Co. 

The film trade looks for a changed attitude on the part of the New 
York censors, rather than a move to legislate the commission out of 
existence. It is possible the commission's personnel will be changed. It 
is reported Chairman Cobb is in a receptive attitude toward another 
official berth and would resign if he could place himself satisfactorily. It I 
would surprise nobody 'f a deal were arranged to take care of Cobb else- * 
where and a successor appointed. The commission makes a neat slice 
of patronage and a party machine would look at the proposition of 
scrapping it as utter madness. Aside from this, it is by no means certain ^ 
that the censor law could be repealed. It would be simpler (and better * 
politics, as well) to allow the commission to go on functioning, but In A 
manner more In accord with the liberal platform upon which the Demo- 
cratic ticket swept into oflflce at the pol's. Indeed, the new administration , 
at Albany could not very well take any other attitude and be true to Ita 
campaign pledges. 


Felix Adler and Argyll Campbell 
are collaborating on two-reel 
comedy scenarios to be produced by 
the Ma.^todon Pictures Company, 
They have agreed to deliver a 
scenario monthly. Charles Murray 
and Ray McKee will be featured in 
the comedies. 

Francis X. Bushman Is bplng sued 
for $1.R70 in the New York Supreme 
Court by Suzanne Devoyod of the 
Comedie Francal8e, Parks. The 
plaintiff alleges that in 1919 she 
advanced tho picture actor $3,120 
to induce his calling to Fronre to 
appear in a production fho contem- 
plafrd jfponroring. Bushman is al- 
l**ged to have breached tho n?:ree- 
ni*»nt, and only returned $1,450 of 
tho amount advanced. 

despite the fact that this feature 
has been in downtown houses for 
five weeks already. The Victoria's 
heavy exploitation of "Shadows' did 
not succeed in bringing mii"h of a 
crowd to the theatre and a pos.slble 
second week was dispensed with. 

EstimJites of last week: 

Stanley — "The Eternal Flame" 
(T'aramount). Norma Talmadge film 
did fine week's business and turned 
in a gross of $24,500. Done without 
the aid of highly advertised extra 
features. The percentage (small) 
of the football*crowd that went to 
movies chose this one, and the big- 
gest business was turned in Friday, 
Saturday morning and Ynatinee. 

Stanton — "Nero" (Fox, second 
week). Not a flop, but set no 
bridges on fire. Bu.slnes8 was about 
$12,000, rhlladclphla audiences have 
shown a distaste for spectacles. 
"Nero" in for two weeks, and on 
December 4 "When Knighthood Was 
in Flower" starts Indefinite run. 

Aldine — "Broadway" (Metro, 
second week). Business kept up, 
due laigcly to big feminine draw in 
daytime. Grossed about $12,000. 
"Five Dollar Baby" in this week, 
with "Ladles' Man" with Bull Mon- 
tana as extra feature. 

Karlton— "Skin Deep" (First Na- 
tional). Started second wc^k of 

broker, the screen rights to *'The 
0:60," in which Lillian Albertson 
appeared at the Hudson, New York, 
last season. The piece is to be 
utilized as a screen vehicle for Vir- 
ginia Dalli. 


(First name Is Judgment debtor; 
creditor and amount follows.) 

Andrew J. Callaghan; Certified 
Securities Co., Inc.; $1,057.30. 

Stella Wilner; New Netherland 
Bank of N. Y.; $430.84. 

Elkay Feature Film Mfg. Corp.; 
City of N. Y.; $105.37. 

Cosmopolitan Feature Film Co.; 
Same; $75.51. 

Fiction Picts., Inc.; Same; $161.87. 

Foremost Feature Film Corp.; 
Same; $75.51. 

MacN.unara Feature Film Co., 
Inr : Fnmo; ?462 31. 

Victoria Amuse. Corp.; Same; 
$7 f)..-) 1 . 

MontRornery Moore Film Corp.; 
Same; $611.03. 

C. & it. Amus. Co., Inc.; Same; 
$45 K9 

Wm*. K. Zlcgfeld; 247 West 75th 
St., Inc.; $220.66 

Art of Music Sales Corp.; J. J 
run, but flopped suddenly and went 'Little A Ives Co.; $1,640.13. 

out Tuesfiay, with Jackie Coogan's 
"Trouble'' coming In for balance of 
week. Combined gross of two was 
lesb than $^,500. 

Hope Hampton; H. Brown Co., 
Inc : $ir,6.p.'-,. 

Ralph Spcnce; Craftsmen F'llm 
Lubs., Inc.; $49.9(1. 

Albany, Nov. 29. 

Allwon Theatre* Corporation, 

Manhattan. Capital, $1,000. Dii co- 
lors: Charles Steiner, 6 Camp road, 
Wavecrest, Far Rockaway, N. Y.; 
Jacob Schwartz and Hyman Weis- 

L. and M. Restaurant Co.» Inc., 
Manhattan. Capital, $20,000. Di- 
rectors: Morris Miller, 872 Bedford 
avenue, Brooklyn; Samuel Lerncr 
and Herman Levlt. 

8. L. R. Realty Corporation, 
Brooklyn. Real and personal prop- 
erty and conduct hotels and the- 
atres. Capital, $10,000. Directors: 
Abraham Levlne, 281 Buffalo ave- 
nue, Brooklyn; Jacob Selgel and 
Meyer Rosen. 

Ner Tumid Publishing Company, 
Inc., Manhattan. Capital, $50,0P0. 
Directors: Fannie Raab, tannic 
Demovitch and H. A. Shapiro. 277 

Representative Producer*' Alii- 
ance. Inc., Manhattan. Motion pic- 
.tures. Capital, $15,000. Directors: 
Herbert Loewenthal, 82 W. Kings- 
bridge road. Bronx; M. J. Wolff and 
Emanuel Fichlandler. 

Mamaroneck Operating Company, 
Inc., Manhattan. Motion pictures. 
Capital, $1,000. Directors: L. E. 
Thompson, A. F. Jones and H. L. 
Watkins, 1564 Broadway. 

Th* Country Editor Publishing 
Co., inc., Rockviile Centre, L. I. 
Capital, $10,000. Directors: Teas- 
dale liandolph, A. F. Bush and 
Walter Kutzlcb, 81 Fulton street. 

H. 8. T. Corporation. Brooklyn. 
Restaurants. Capital, $5,000. Di- 
rectors: Hyman Schrler, 439 Ash- 
ford street, Brooklyn; George Trela 
and Louis Hlnk. 

Norca Pictures, Inc., Manhattan. 
Capital, $50,000. Directors: C. 8. 
Ashley, D. J. Dowllng and H. J. 
Nouschafer, 166 Broadway. 

Camp Towanda, Manhattan. Camp 
and hotel business. Capital, $16,- 
000. Directors: Saul, Ida and Ellas 
Bloomgarden, 211 East Broadway. 

Levin-Polakoff, Inc., Rochester. 
Restaurant. Capital, $5,000. Direc- 
tors: Benjamin and N. J. Levin, 347 
Central avenue, Rochester, and 
Nathan Polakoff, 46 South avenue, 

Columbia Catering Co., Inc., Man> 
hattan. Hotels, re.stauranta and 
proprietors of other places of public 
entertainment. Capital, $500. Di- 
rectors: (leorge D, Cook, Jr., 642 
East 137th street; Edmond Barkley 
and A. A. Bransky. 

MacDougal Amusement Co., Inc.* 
Manhattan. Capital, $100,000. Di- 
rectors: I.ieopold Prince, 29 East 
124th street; Samuel May and D. T. 

C. and v., Inc., Manhattan. Mo- 
tion pictures. Capital, $10,000. Di- 
rectors: Solomon Col«^man, 67 West 
H6th street; Abraham Coleman and 
NatJ^an Vinograd. 

International University Club, 
Inc., Manhattan. Outdoor and in- 
door recreation. Capital, $1,000. 
Directors: Samuel B. Howard. 
Ocorj^o V. Rellly, and H. C. Hand, 65 
Cedar street, 

Midway Gardens, Inc., Brooklyn. 
Maintain dance halls, amusement 
places, restaurants, etc. Capital, 
$30,000. Directors: Paul T. Davis, 
Alvin Ohl»on, and Earl A. Dahl. SQ 
West 4»th street. 

Aiharo, Inc., Manhattan. .Theatre 
proprietors. Capital, $600. Direc- 

tors: Max Lipproan, N. I. Sacha, and 
Fay Feldman. 191 Broadway. 

Regal Revue*, inc., ManbatUn. 
General amusement buainea* and ' 
motion pictures. Capital, $10,000. 
Directors: Rube Bernstein, 110 West 
48th street; Alberta Cans and Julius 

The Seeing New York Tours, InOt, 

Manhattan. Capital, $1,000. Direc* ■. 
tors: Rudolph Barnaclau, 19 Cator 
place, Jersey City; Israel Isenberf 
and Walter Ross. 

Doormat Company, Inou, Manhat- 
tan. Theatrical - and motion pic- 
tures. Capital, $20,000. Directors: 
Solomon Goodman. C. A. Smith and 
P. S. Goodman, 130 West 42d street. - 

Hayseod Productions, Inc, Man- 
hattan. Capital, $10,000. Directors: 
Edward Davidow, 1498 Broadway; 
George LeMaire and George Gersh- 

Co- National Plays, Inc., Manhat- I 
tan. Capital, $6,0U0. Directors: F. 
O. Miller. Alfred Worsnop and H. & 
Hechheimer, of 1540 Broadway. 

Superior Fotokraft Studios, Ine., 
Manhattan. CaplUl, $10,000. Di- 
reciorB: Pasquale Acquaviva, 120 
Weat 49th street; Terefta Qoldberff 
and Casper Qottdlener. 

Leon Producing Corporation, Yon- 
kers. Capital. $6,000. Directors: 
L. L. Roreck and J. J. Roreck. Bhip- 

* pan avenuo. Stamford, Conn., and 
Arthur Collins. 

I Virginia Productions, 

I hattan. Capital, $20,000. 
Jacob Curtis, 1607 
George Whiting, Embassy hotel, 
and Jack Lait, Majestic hotel. 

Rimbromart Graphic Service, ln«« 
Manhattan. Motion pictures. Cap- 
ital, $100,000. Directors: A. 8. 
Broms, E. B. Rimbach and 8. A. 
Marti. ICO West 46th street. 

Kriger 41 Aaron Corporation, 
Manhattan. Act as agent, realty, 
theatrical and motion pictures Cap- 
ital, $5,000. Directors. Lewis Kriger 
and Charles Kriger. 2888 Third 
street, Brooklyn, and Herman 
Aaron. v 

Beleska Malinoff, Inc^ Manhattan. 
Th«'atrical. Capital, $16,000. Di- 
rectors: E. M. Harrington, 623 Lex- 
ington avenue; Francis Bendelarl 
and Beleska Malinoff. 

Inc., Han- 

United Amusements, Delaware; 
Directors, F. C. Coppicus and Ed- 
ward H. Tatum. 

Abbey Pictures, Delaware; capi- 
tal, $1000,000. Director. Joseph 

Dexter Park, Woodhaven. Long 
Island: capital, $46,000. Directors, 
N. C. Strong, Max Rosner and Louis 

B. P. Fineman Productions. Man- 
hattan; cnpital, $600. Directors, 
William KasHler, Harry Lewis and 
Henry Ifcr?.brun. 

Al Lichtman Exchange of Wash- 
ington, D. C, Manhattan; capital, 
$r,00. Directors, William Kassler. 
llirry r.cwi.«< and Henry Herzhrun. 

Zinkin Productions, Manhattan; 
capital. $r.O0. Directors, Arthur 
Zinkin, S. M. Stone and Charles H. 

My Camp Corp., Manhattan; capi- 
tal, $L5.000. Directors, Henry M. 
Weill, Max Bchonberg and R. I*. 

653 Tenth Avenu* Corp^ Manhat- 
tan: theatrical; capital, $40,000. Di- 
rectors, Philip Weltflsch, Harry 
Wuitflsch and Floraac* Wolf 




Friday, December 1, 192ft 


$10,000,000 SPENT IN 6 MONIVS, 

Twelve Unit* Will Start Shooting Immediately — 
Tells Lot Angelet Company Will Spend $8,000,- 
000 on Coast 

Los Angeles. Xor. 29. 

J0SS6 L. Lasky, first vice-presi- 
dent in charge of production of the 
Famous Players-Lasky Corpora- 
tion, announced before the tenth 
annual Paramount convention that 
a program calling for heavy pro- 
duction would be immediately 
adopted by the organization and 
that 12 working units would start 
shooting as soon aj the companies 
could be cast. 

"This is a bona fide statement." 
■aid Mr. Lasky." "and while it 
seems a mighty load to shoulder 
w« are well prepared for it. We 
have been gathering picture mate- 
rial for many months with this idea 
in mind and have at the fame time 
palled the way along other lines. 

••We intend to spend 110.000,000 
within the next six months and $8.- 
000,000 of that will be expended in 
Lo« Angeles. This is a greater per- 
centage than has heretofore been 
allotted the Pacific coast studio, it 
never having run higher than three- 
quarters of the aggregate before." 

"This will meao that four out of 
every five pictures win be made in 
Lo« Angeles." continued Mr. Lasky, 
"flAid will mean the hiring of at 
least twice the number of regularly 
employed people. This number 
• under present conditions is about 
1,600. Under the new program it 
will reach the three- thousand 

The Famous Players-Lasky Cor- 
pCNration studios in Hollywood now 
cover two square blocks, which is 
Insufficient space to accommodate 
the increased production activity. In 
order to make room the old Realart 
studios. Occidental and Second 
streets, formerly the Morosco. will 
be pressed into service. These 
studios cover virtually one square 
block and have the facilities to ac- 
commodate three or four companies. 


Town Likes Wild Animal Film — 
Coming East 

San Francisco, Nov. 29. 

'Hunting Big Game in Africa" 
opening at the Century (old Curran) 
seems to have swept the town. The 
film is somewhat along the line of 
the Rainey Hunt Pictures, but seem- 
ingly far superior to the latter. The 
press has gone wild over the film. 
Opening Friday night the pictures 
started to a turnaway Saturday 
which has continued since. 

Eugene Roth is presenting the 
picture with Jack Brehany as the 
manager for the African Expedition 
Corp., nn Oakland company. That 
is the reason for the world's pre- 
miere having been given on the west 

The expedition which took the 
pictures was financed in Oakland as 
a research party for the local mu- 
seum of natural history. There 
were about 40,000 feet of film re- 
turned to this country by those who 
went into Africa with the organiza- 

Those who are behind the project 
have already made arrangements to 
show the pictures In New York after 
the first of the year, with the 
chances that a road, show arrange- 
ment will be made for the balance 
or the country. 

TWO HEAVY siirrs 


Morris Wants Million from U. 

A.; Miss Johnson Asks Half 

of That from Goldwyn 


Pulls Engagement Stunt for Fourth 
Time for L. A. Dailies 

Los Angeles, Nov. 29. 

Two suits, aggregating 11,500.000. 
have been instituted here, one for 
Infringement of copyright and the 
other for alleged piracy of a story 
for the screen. The actions are cer. 
tain to attract attention as all in- 
volved are notables of the screen 

In the one action, Gouverneur 
Morris is seeking to enjoin the 
United Artists from further show- 
ing "The Man Who Played God" and 
demanding profits of $1,000,000 be 
turned over to him, claiming the 
picture is an infringement of copy- 
right on a story owned by him. 

In the other action, Emilie John- 
son sues Goldwyn for $250,000 dam- 
ages and In addition 1250,000 in 
profits, alleging it pirated her 
scenario in the making of the pic- 
ture, "Godless Man." Her story. 
"The Sea Lion." she states, was the 
groundwork on which the picture 
was based. 


Elected Director of Fsaster Co. 
Has No Re-wind Machine 


Arrests at Wabash— Affidavits to 
Close Stores 

Wabash, Ind., Nov. 29. 

A Sunday movie war broke out 
again here last week when William 
and I. H. Dickson ran their house 
on the Sabbath. The managers and 
three members of the house staff 
were arrested on affidavits filed 
with the police by local ministers. 
They were released on their own 

When the theatre men protested 
that Sunday football was unmo- 
lested and that drug stores, gro- 
ceries, poolrooms and « ther busi- 
ness permitted to operate, the min- 
isters asked the police to stop 
(hem, too. The police replied they 
would act if affidavits were filed. 
They were not filed. 

Later in the week a committee of 
ministers and Sheriff H. A. Sum- 
merland of Wabash county con- 
ferred with Attorney General U. S. 
Lesh In Indianapolis, asking whether 
affidavits were necessary in making 
arrests for running a theatre on 
Sunday. Lesh rules the sheriff 
could make arrests without a war- 
rant if he saw the law violated. 


Stoli Film Wins Wm. Gilletce's In 
junction Suit in New York 

William Gillette, who dramatized 
and starred In "Sherlock Holmes" 
some years ago, founded on Sir Ar- 
thur Conan Doyle's fiction charac- 
ter, was denied his application for 
a temporary injunction against the 
Stoll Film Co., Ltd., of London to 
restrain their distribution of a 
series of two-reelers founded on the 
same characters. The Stoll picture 
is titled "Adventures of Sherlock 
Holmes." Gillette alleged that his 
drasnatizatiotf was infringed upon 
by the Stoll production. 

Justice Martin in the New Tork 
Supreme Court, in denying the tem- 
porary injunction, did so without 
prejudice to the determination of 
the merits upon the trial for a per- 
manent injunction. 

The court held that since the 
author himself ceded the Stoll com- 
pany its rights to film the stories, 
Gillette had no redress against them 
Mention of the fact that Gillette's 
contract also expired Is made, but 
that issue is doubtful since the 
plaintiff's original contract with 
Doyle was not prodjuced. 

Frederick Elliott, who organized 
the National Association of the Mo- 
tion Picture Industry and 'H'us its 
executive secretary for six years, 
has been elected a member of the 
board of directors and executive 
committee of the Feaster Manufac- 
turing Co. and is now located at the 
general offices of the company In 
New York. 

The Feaster Co. is a $750,000 cor- 
poration, manufacturing the Feaster 
no re -wind machine for attaching to 
the standard makes of projection 
machines. It elim,inates the re- 
winding of film and lengthens the 
life of prints of pictures. 

Mr. Elliott as a representative of 
the picture industry was active in 
the councils of the National Fire 
Protection Association and will 
serve in a similar capacity as \he 
representative of his present com- 
pany. It is understood the already 
has been invited to become actively 
identified with the New York Chap- 
ter of the National Fire Protective 
Association which has a member- 
ship of over 600 in the New Tork 

With the advent of the Will H. 
Hays organization, the M. P. Pro- 
ducers and Distributors Association 
of America, Inc, Elliott remained 
with the old N. A. M. P. I. for six 
months winding up the affairs of 
that association, resigning as execu- 
tive secretary Oct. L 

f Los Angeles, Nov. 2$. 

It was quiet in Hollywood. Charlie 
Chaplin didn't have anything to do 
over the week-end and his name 
had not appeared In any of the 
papers In months, so he started to 
dope out something that would get 
a little publicity. Finally he hit 
upon an idea. He kf^ew it was goodi 
because he had used It five or six 
times in the past, and it had never 
failed, and. in addition, it doesn't 
cost anythlpg. So Charlie decided 
to let It be "rumored" he was again 
engaged to a picture actress. 

This time it was Pola Negri, the 
Polish star, who was to be the 
"other end" of the engagement. 
Pola Is a foreigner and not accli- 
mated to inside Hollywood details. 

So the L. A. dally papers, which 
just love to play up picture stuff on 
their front pages, fell for the story. 

To date, the story stands about 
50-50 as far as the principals are 
concerned. Neither party will affirm 
or deny the rumor. Char'.le Is or 
isn't going to marry Pola Negri, 
whichever way you want to look 
at it. 


Decision Given in Denver Favoring 

Denver. Nov. 29. 

A decision was handed down yes- 
terday in the U. S. District Court 
by Justice J. Foster Symes, deny- 
ing the application for un injunction 
made by the W. F. Cody (Buffalo 
Bill) Historical Pictures Company 
against the ' Universal Film Ex- 
changes, Inc., to enjoin the defend- 
ant from exhibiting a series of pic- 
tures bearing- the "Buffalo Bill" 

The court, in its opinion, disre- 
garded the contentions of the plain- 
tiff, which was represented by 
Ernest Morris. John A. Rush, for- 
mer district attorney of Denver and 
now a resident of Los Angeles, came 
here to appear for the defendant. 


;.,' '. \ ■• ■ . ■ ■ ■ .,. ' .•' '..-■ 

■ji . i . ■«■.!'.■'■ '.^ '.,•■'■, •.. V 

Creditors Threaten S u I f 
Against Directors as > 
1 Individuals 



Virginia Faire is home from Hon* 

Sam Allen, well known in Alms, 
may land one of the Frank' Bacon 
berths with the Golden firm. Allen 
was a friend of the late "Lightnln' " 
star and looks enough like Bacon 
to have been a brother. Negotia- 
tions are now on. 



An association of the projection 
machine manufacturers and the 
accessory men in the picture field 
is in the process of formation. Sev- 
eral of the biggest and mo.««t active 
among the projection mantjfantur- 
ers, formerly members of the old 
N. A. M. P. I., have docidod to com- 
bine for mutual protection. 

The battle that they may have 
before them will be witii the ques- 
tion of taxation on machines in 
various states and the natlon-wldc 
fight with the Flro Prevention As- 
sociation of the Underwriters Board 
which is trying to bring about the 
adaptation of the use of non-in- 
flammable film in the industry. 


Sol Brill Is now the theatre mogul 
of Lakewood, N. J., since acquiring 
the quartet of houses in the resort 
formerly owned by Barney Ferber. 
The deal which Brill closed about 
two weeks ago was for the new 
Strand, Palace, Rialto and Ferber. 
j The Strand was but recently com- 
pleted at a cost of $350,000 and has 
a seating capacity of 1.500. Brill 
has appointed Irving Schiffman as 
his local representative to look after 
the four houses. 

Ferber on retiring from exhibiting 
is to enter the production field, and 
the chances arc that he will be iden- 
tified with Morris Kohn In the De- 
pendable Pictures Corp. This or- 
ganization has recently released 
'"Till We Meet Again," directed by 
Christie Cabanne, and have an- 
nounced they will resume produc- 
tion sometime after the first of the 


Another Paul Dresser eong clas- 
sic is to be filmed. Associated Ex- 
hibitors will distribute a produc- 
tion based on "On the Banks of the 
Wabash," made Into a continuity by 
Forrest Stanley and produced by 
Worth-Whlle pictures. 

Madge Kvans will be featured In a 
child role. ._^_ 



Harry Crandt. brother of William 
Brandt, has taken over two addi- 
tion.'il theatres in Brooklyn, N. Y. 
The (Jardcn, a 600 -.'^eat house with 
an airdome seating 1,000 at 46th 
street and New Utrecht avenue, and 
the West End, seating 1,000 at &2d 
street and the same avenue. 

The latter house is to be closed 
and remodelled. The obtalnlnR of 
both theatres In the section gives 
the younger Brandt the comi»kte 
control of the territory. 


A luncheon was tendered to Col. 
A. C. Bromhcad, head of the Gau- 
mont, Ltd., of England, prior to his 
sailing Saturday. The purpose of 
the luncheon was for an open dis- 
cussion of plans the English pro- 
ducer has to invade the American 
market with a series of productions 
to be made by his organization in 

The initial production Is to be a 
picturlzatlon of Hall Calne's "The 
Quality of Mercy," which, it is be- 
lieved. Is sufnciently international in 
its appeal to find ready acceptance 
in the Uiilted States. The principal 
plan which Colonel Bromhead and 
his English associates are to follow. 
In the hope- that their productions 
although made abroad will not be 
looked upon as foreign productions, 
is the engaging of American direc- 
tors and American casts. 

Tom Terris, who, although an 
Englishman, obtained his picture 
experience to a great extent In this 
country, has been selected to direct 
the Initial production. The cast has 
not been announced. 

Mabel Normand was due on the 
coast this week. 

A song has been written around 
DeMlUes "Adam's Rib" by Aubrey 
Stauffer, local composer and Holly- 
wood celeb. 

Hector Turnbull, writer, was 
called east by the illness of his 


D. W. Grifflth has sigm d Ivor 
Norvello, said to be the hand.Homest 
actor in England, under an optional 
contract. He will come to America 
either In December or Mnrf^h, dr - 
pending upon the chol( <• of the next 
Griffith production. 

Dougtss MeLesn With A. E. 

Ix>8 AngelPM, Nf>v, 29. 

Douglas MoTienn hSM If ft Inre and 
signed a contract to rel'ase his fu- 
ture productions througii th« A' 
ciated Exhibitors. 

Louis B. Mayer has returned. 
With him came Reginald Barker. 
Barker starts his new film shortly. 

James Young, the director, will 
make a Rork-Young production 
while waiting for Richard Walton 
Tuliy's word to produce "Trilby." 
Young returned this week from the 

Mildred Harris writes from Now 
Orleans that she will be here for 
the holidays. 

Harry Myers has been signed for 
'Main Street" by Warner Bros. 

Marjorle Bonner, sister of Prl- 
scilla. is now in films. She is a 
member of Rolln Sturgeon's com- 
pany at Ince's. 

Arthur Jacobs, film producer, is 
rushing plans fi the new Frank 
Borsage productions. Production 
will start Jan. 1. 

irarold Lloyd IfUs returned. He 
will b«»gln his new flve-reeler the 
first of the week. 

A motion picture golf tournament 
was staged at Pasadena golf club. 
J. C. Jessen and Milton Hoffman 
headod the managerial committee. 
Guy I'riff;, drama editor of the Her- 
ald, and D, Scott Chlsholm. polf 
editor of I ho Expre.HH. comijri.'ad the 
comniltteo on prizes. The .sroro 
rommlU'M will annoiinrf ttip win- 
ner.s next wof.-k. Many ca>ftern film 
rxwn pn rt l L 'l pntga. 

Allan lloliibar hn.s t;il<»n Iiis com- 
panv filming 'Th.- Whit*- Krontier ' 
to th.; Siorra.s In the norllnrri part 
of thf- Klate. 

Artnur Beck, producer of Louli 
Balrd pictures, loaves • hhortly for 
the east. Beck announnul that Miss 
lialrds now photoplay will be cdleU 
"The Dcslroying'Angcl." 

The' winding up of the affairs of 
the National Association of the Mo- 
tion Picture Industry appears ta 
have struck a snag, inasmuch as it 
has seemlifigly been impossible to 
obtain a quorum at any of the - 
meetings recently called. Last 
week an urgent call was Issued for' 
a meeting Friday afternoon. At 
that meeting It was agalli lmpos«\< 
slble to get the required number^ 
present. > *; 

That the creditors of the or- » 
ganization are threatening to su«\ 
the directors as individuals in an; 
effort to obtain what is due did not- 
bring the directors to the mark, 
even thodgh they were informed of 
the Impending suits by letter. 

The cull for the meeting Issued 
on Nov. 21 had one paragraph 

"The creditors of the assocfUtion 
are becDming more Insistent and 
within a few days it is likely suits 
will be brought against directors 
individually In considerable num- 
bers arising out of the liabilities of 
the association which have not beea 

Friday afternoon some time after 
the hour for the meeting there was 
far from a; quorum present In the 
old offices of the N. A. M, P. I. in 
the New York theatre building, 
Those who did show reached an ; 
agreement to elect the former as-; 
sistant secretary of the association, 
Ral^h Kohn, as executive secretary,, 
those present signing the resolution ; 
with the provision made that those . 
not present should be informed of 
the step and their signatures se-J! 
cured in sufficient number to make 
up the required quorum. ^ 

The total indebtedness of the N.^ 
A. M. P. I. Is said to be In th^ 
neighborhood of $40,000. William,' 
A. Brady, who was president of tha 
association, is reported as belngr, 
owed $29,0^0. The other debts arai; 
between |6,000 and $10,000, and. 
It Is the latter creditors who ar»* 
threatening the actions In order tA.; 
collect. - .'^ "^ c^J 

Mr. Brady waa not present at tha' 
meeting, neither was the former 
secretary of the association, Fred- 
erick Elliott. Brady, it was re- 
ported was out of town, while El- 
liott severed his affiJiation with th* 
old organization since Oct. 1. 

At the time the • Will H. Hays 
organization was formed it was de- 
cided the old organization, which 
embraced every end and division of 
the industry, was to be discon- 
tinued. Some sort of an arrange- 
ment was entered into whereby th# 
Hays organization tpok over the 
records of the old association and 
it was believed the debts of tha 
N. A. M. P. I. would be taken cara 
of. It was stated around IgO.OOf 
was due the organization from it# 
members as dues. 

Friday's meeting supposedly em* 
powered the new executive secre- 
tary to wind up the affairs of the 
old association and to take the nec« 
essary steps (o levy on the mem- 
bers for sufficient funds to meet thi 

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Distinctive Pictures, Arthur S. 
Friend's producing organization, haS 
signed Alfred Lunt to play the lead 
in "Backbone" from Charles Whit- 
taker's Saturday Evening Post 

This is the first production by the 
Friend unit in addition to the George 
Arllss series. The film will also 
mark Lunt'«/ first screen appearance. 
Until recently he played in "Banco" 
at the Ritz, N. Y. . ; - , >. 


An entire unit program of educa- 
tional and scenic subjects, picked' 
from the Swedish Bio^raph. was 
given at the Town Hall, New York, 
S<'\turday evening, and will be put 
on the road as a road show. 

Throe-day stands are booked for 
the Trcmont Temple, Boston; In 
Jamo.Htown. N. Y.. and at other 
poinl.s whi-re thori? is a large per- 
rontage of Swedes in the popula- 
tion. • '^ :tf ^ 

Reorganizing Goldwyn Ssles Force 
Th<» Gtjliluyn sales organization la 
to undi'rgo reorganization with a 
new ftviUonii of hanilling sales to be 
instiillfU. Tlie new line-up is to be 
patterned largely after the existing 
raraniovint sales organization, which 
has a .Mu pel visor for each local ter- 
ritory under a general branch man* 

Friday, December 1, 1928 



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Suspicion Coast Branch Office Intends Censoring at 
Source — Resentment Likely Against Interference 
by Prodi^cers and Distributors ^ 


Taxed for Will Hays' Organi- 
zation—Paying in 

The Will H. Hays Producera and 
Distributors' Association Is to open 
a Hollywood branch. Thomas A. 
Patten, former member of the 
' tJnited States Postofllce Depart- 
: ment, has been designated by Hays 
to head the branch of the orgmiza- 
tion, and Joseph O'Neill, formerly 
on the New York World, and more 
lately with the Hays outfit, is also 
to go to the coast. 

Just what the purpose is in open- 
ing thf coast branch is not stated 
by the Hays organization, but there 
Is a belief the office is for the estab- 
lishing of a coast censorship of the 
picture industry .that is to be oper- 
ated from within. 

Hays has stated numerous times 
It was not the fault of the dis- 
tributor or the exhibitor that they 
showed pictures which had to be 
censored, but that they were com- 
pelled to run what the producer 

. gave them. Censorship at the 
source of manufacture is what he 
has been heading for. and the gen- 
eral belief is that this is the task 

' that will be assigned to Patten. 

Just the manner I i which this 
possible censorship will be accepted 
on the coast is more or less of a 
question at this time. For the past 
couple of weeks in the eastern terri- 
tory there have been rumblings of 
dissatisfaction directed at the Hays 
organization and Hays, in particu- 
lar. One producer-distributor, it is 
known, is very much incensed 
•gainst the manner in which the 
work of the organization is being 
carried forward and has not been 
backward in voicing his attitude. 
He is seemingly one who might re- 
sent the Interference on the part of 
the head of the Producers and Dis- 
tributors in trying to regulate his 

The Los Angeles office of the or- 
ganization Is supposed to be opened 
early next month. Those that are 
to do the organizing of the branch 
ofl!lce are to leave here within the 
next few days. Space has been 
' secured in a Los Angeles oflfice 
building for the housing of the 




Jersey Houses Being Supplied From 
New York Exchanges 

A change In booking methods 
lately Inaugurated by the Loew film 
booking executives shifts the supply 
lor the string of nearby New Jersey 
theatres from Jersey branches to the 
New York exchanges. 

Although the servic? remains un- 
changed the bunching of playing 
days gives a bigger block to the 
metropolitan ofllces and economies 
are effected. 

In dealing with the state right 
people, of course, the Jersey ter- 
ritorial rights are respected, but the 
composite time looks more attrac- 
tive together in negotiations with 
■mailer progra.n people when 
thrown Into one distributing estab- 
lishment than when split. 


Los Los Angeles, Nov. 29. 

The Paramount sales convention 
b over and the majority of those 
who attended left on the special 
train Sunday for points ' east. 
Adolph Zukor and Slilncy S. Kent, 
the latter general sales manager 
for the corporation, remained here 
to look over studio matters. 

En route on the Paramount 
train is William S. Hart, who Is 
goinj? to New York on bu.slness 
which it Is believed portends his re- 
turn to the screen In the near fu- 
ture. Whether or not he will asain 
line up with Paramount is a ques- 


Ijoa A»ik»1c<«. Nov. 29, 
Norman Solhy (Kid McC(»y) if to 
head his «\vn picture producint: 
company. The fornirr pu?;ilistlc 
champion Is said to have .vorurrd 
the backing of a woman of trrnion- 
dous wealth, who is to finance the 
venture. «•- 

H. Woods Agrees With 
Samuel Goldwyn as 
Film Producer 

"PotaFsh and Perlmutter" wUl be 
placed in pictures next summer. 
Samuel Goldwyn having purchased 
the rights from A. H, Woods this 
week. The first P, and P. comedy 
will be made and Barney Bernard 
and Alexander Carr will enact the 
characters upon completion of their 
season in "Partners Again." 

Woods has held the P. and P. 
plays away from pictures for years, 
the manager fearing the value of 
the characters might be destroyed 
for the stage. The same sentiment 
was shared by Montague Glass, the 
creator of Potash and Perlmutter. 
Offers received by the Selwyns were 
similarly laid aside Indefinitely, with 
Jules Eckert Goodman agreeing 
with Glass, with whom he collabo- 
rated in several of the P. and P. 

Dependent on the success of the 
first P. and P. picture, the other 
comedies of the series knd the cur- 
rent "Partners Again" will be sold 
for the screen. 

Mr. Glass will do the titling for 
the Samuel Goldwyn production of 
the first Potash and Perlmutter. 
The author Is reported having re- 
ceived a young fortune as advance 
picture royalties. 

A squawk is coming from the In- 
dependent producer over the releas- 
ing organizations afl^liated with the 
Will Hays association. They are 
taxing the gross business done by 
their productions to pay the Hays 
salary and the expense of running 
the Hays organization, say the pro- 

One producer, on signing a con- 
tract with a national distributing 
organization, noticed his contract 
contained a clause that permitted 
the distributor, who Is a member of 
the Hays association, to deduct a 
half of one per cent of the gross for 
the Hays combine. The producer, 
an Independent, protestefi. but was 
Informed he could either take it or 
leave it, as the distributor was 
committed to pay that tax on his 
gross business to the Hays outfit. 

The producer is still talking about 
the clause, stating that he looks 
upon It in the light of the independ- 
ents really financing an organiza- 
tion which eventually through com- 
bination Is to drive the Independent 
out of business. In other words, the 
independent said he is paying In 
advance for being driven out of the 
business altogether. 


$12,000 Daily Expense of 

Making Big Feature — 40 

to 45 Days Required 

Lewis J. Selznick Is seemingly 
going to "shoot the bankroll" on his 
production of "Rupert of Hentzau," 
the sequel to "The Prisoner of 
Zenda," which Victor Heerman is to 
direct. According to present plans, 
there are between 40 and 45 days of 
work laid out for the making of the 
picture at a cost that is said to 
approximate $12,000 a dajn. 

During the current week, the cast. 
hailed as a $100,000 organization, 
was completed by the adding of 
Claire Windsor and Elmo Lincoln, 
The list now comprises Elaine Ham- 
merstein, Bert Lytell. Lew Cody, 
Hobart Bosworth, Bryant Wash- 
burn, Margery Daw, Irving Cum- 
mlnga. Adolphe Jean Menjou. Mit- 
chell Lewis and the two above 

Lytell will play the dual role of 
Rudolf Rassendyl and King Rudolph. 
Cody will play Rupert, while Miss 
Hammerstein will be seen as Queen 

The Selznick sales force Is lined 
up on an intensive sales campaign 
for the picture and Is following the 
dates of "Zcnda," selling their pic- 
ture as the follow-up. 


Interests controlling the Arena 
and Tivoli picture houses on Eighth 
avenue will add a new one to their 
circuit Dec. 15 with the opening of 
the Forum, 138th street and Brown 
place. New York. 

The Forum seats 8,000 and will 
play first run;<. 

RosTti Marslini on Probation 

l^n» AnK«>le8, Nov. 2d. 
Rositl Marstini. locall; known on 
the stage and screen, was arr«'st(il 
on a charge of Khoplifting in a 
downtown dtparlmcnt st(»re. Sh*- 
hMS Ix'cn rfloa>:o<l on probatif»n, tes- 
tifying at her trial .she did not know- 
why .-he lifted the poods from th«^ 
counters of ih9^ piottfy, .,,..., ^. ^ 


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Against Its Showing in Detroit at $2, Rouses Them to 
Circularizing the State — Masonic Organization 
Bought Feature for Run 


Explodes story Schenck Will 
Quit First National — Has 
V Two Years to Go T 


Need 52 Pictures Yearly, They 

Said — Abrams Set Public 

Price for Pickfords 

The arrangement whereby the A. 

B. C. obtained "Tess of the Storm 
Country" for the New York terri- 
tory from the United Artists 'was 
under an agreement which stipu- 
lated just what each of the houses to 
receive the picture from the exhibi- 
tors* organization was to pay as 
rental. This arrangement, It is 
understood, was made at the In- 
sistence of Hiram Abrams In order 
to maintain the price an Pickford 
films for the A. B. C. controlled 
theatres In the future. 

Generally In the exchanges. It Isn't 
believed the A. B. C. will live beyond 
a few months and the Abrams move 
Is commented on as a shrewd one in 
the event this booking combination 
win be as shoH lived as those 
formed In the past. In the event It 
does flop, the price for Plckford pro- 
ductions will be established at a 
certain figure and the exhibitors 
will be unable to beat it down. 

On a basis of receiving but 12 
pictures a year through the A. B. 

C, the exhibitors In the majority 
of cases will have to get at least 40 
additional pictures In the event that 
they are running a full week pro- 
gram. It Is this condition which the 
majority of exchange men believe 
will finally break down the A. B, C. 
They maintain that the organization 
will have to almost Immediately in- 
crease its scope to 52 pictures a year 
at least, or prepare to give up. 


Now in ''Rupert/' With His Hair 

Bert Lytell Is to be a First Na- 
tional star. Richard A. Rowland, 
who elevated Lytell to stardom at 
the Metro, Is closing for the leading 
man to Join the First National ranks 
when that organization starts pro- 
ducing on Its own, 

Lytell Is at present playing the 
lead in the Selznick production of 
"Rupert of Henzau." He was com- 
petlcd to bleach his hair blonde for 
the role. 


Chicago. Nov. 29. 
r.ala1>fin A Katz are flashing nn 
ann<)unc<'mcnt on the srr« rn at tlu' 
(.'hlcit|!to th<*atrG th.1t -nit their offrr- 
IngH <»f a vaudcvilli' or j)ro.sontatjon 
nature aro "orlKinal," constructed by 
their own ivr^a of producers, ro.s- 
tiimor.'j. pr«'nc painters and the like. 
Tliis announcement af'<'()rni>aniod a 
fiuniini: .scone callcMl "The Tally-ho,'' 
ill wh.( h f-i-x men and four women 
nrp«.ared with a male quartet elng- 

^''*»' ■ t'i I. * • '. * >; •: 

Los AngaAes. Nov. 29. 

The formation of a now and in- 
dependent distributing corporation 
assertedly on a par with any other 
such agencies now In the field was 
admitted by J. D. Williams, former 
manager for First National Produc- 
tions. Financial backing for the 
project, he declared, had already 
been secured and the Incorporation 
would take place within the next 
fortnight under the laws of an east- 
ern state. 

A rumor current in motion pic- 
ture circles that Joseph Bchenck 
Intended to withdraw from First 
National and send out his future 
pictures under the colors of the new 
Williams agency was exploded by 
Mr. Williams. Schenck's contract 
with First National agency has two 
years to run, he stated. He refused 
to comment on the rumor that sev- 
eral other First National units were 
considering Joining his organization 
until after his return from a two 
weeks' visit from New York city 
in connection with the registration 
of his new concern. 



Stppping First Runs — Leaves 
Field to Eugene 
. Roth 

San Francl.sco, Nov. 29. 

The Strand Intends to step out of 
the first run picture house field and 
will offer a big girl show, starting 
Christmas week, according to its 
latest announcement. There will be 
20 girls In the chorus and the show 
will be In conjunction with a film 
offering of the ordinary program 

The announcement Is Important in 
that it now eliminates the chief 
competitor against Eugene Roth In 
the picture feature buying field. 
Roth buys films for practically ali 
of the downtown houses except the 
TIvoll, which runs First National 

The Strand !s fully equipped, 
having once been the Sulllvan- 
Consldlne vaudeville house. It has 
a large stage and seating capacity. 


Birghamton. N. Y., Nov. 29. 

As a result of the success of Its 
first picture." Her Own Story," part 
of which was filmed in this section, 
the Buckley-Ferguson Productions 
has begun preparations for location 
of a permanent studio In Port Dick- 
inson to confine their moving pic- 
ture activities to Blnghamton and 
vicinity. This has been announced 
by heads of the company. 

In carrying out the plans to place 
a new Indu.'^try in this section, an 
Increase to $200,000 capitalization of 
the company has been made. 

Detroit. Nov, 29. 
There Is to be no rest for th« 
United Artists and particularly 
Douglas Fairbanks productions so 
far as Michigan exhibitors are con- 
cerned. The explanation recently 
made by John Fairbanks In which 
he justified himself In selling "Robin 
Hood" to the Orpheum to be shown 
at $2 and that it is not confiictlnff 
with the regular picture houses, 
does not meet with the approval ot 
the Board of Directors oC the Mich- 
igan Exhibitors' Association. 

Two weeks ago it sent Its at- 
torney. Judge Alfred J. Murphy to 
talk things over with John Fair- 
banks. The judge reported back 
that Fairbanks had made the deal 
with the Shaddukiam Grotto feeling 
within his rights and that it would 
be offered to the first-run plcure 
houses after Its engagement at the 
Orpheum at the |2 scale. "This 
policy is being pursued by all the 
big producers," Mr. Fairbanks told 
Judge Murphy. "Grimth did it with 
'Way Down East' and 'Orphans of 
the Storm'; Metro dfd it with /Foiir 
Horsesmen' and other produo«ra 
have done it without exhibitors 
claiming discrimination," 

The Michigan Exhibitors' Assoolm- 
tlon takes another viewpoint of thtt 
whole situation. It contends that by 
Fairbanks dealing with the Shad- 
dukiam Grotto, a fraternal organ- 
ization, a precedent has been set 
that Is causing exhibitors troubU. 
In the state — especially the larger 
cities — fraternal orders have written 
Into producers asking for terms on 
big film productions In direct coAA 
petition with the local exhlblt^v 
The association feels that It lAint 
set Its foot down because aeMttjk 
fraternal organizations the flrst^rtm 
privilege on big pictures Is unfair 
to the regular theatres. 

As soon as the run of "Robin 
Hood" at the Orpheum is completed^ 
no doubt United Artists will offer 
it to the flrst-run houses — the high- 
est bidder getting It. This is due 
to the fact that the Fox-Washington 
and the Kunsky houses are not af- 
filiated with the state organization, 
whereas, the Broadway -Strand ls» 
Phil Glelchman, Its owner, being the 
vice-president. He feels he will 
have to bid with the others to 
secure this picture first -run. The 
association Is said to have sent a 
circular to every exhibitor in the 
city and state urging them not to 
book any more United Artists pro- 

Hiram Abrams. president of 
United Artists, claims such a move- 
ment is unfair to his company, inas- 
much as the deal with the Shad- 
dukiam Grotto on "Robin Hood" was 
made with John Fairbanks and that 
the picture has not even been turned 
over to United Artists as yet for 

"We would not feel so bad if 
'Robin Hood' has been sold to 
Charles H. Miles, who owns the 
Orpheum, or anybody else who may 
have a theatre that wanted it shown 
at 1 2," said Henderson Rlchey, 
secretary of the Michigan Exhibitors 
League. "But you will note that 
all the advertising relative to the 
engagement reads ''The Shaddukiam 
Grotto presents Douglas Fairbanks 
In 'Robin Hood.'" It does not men- 
tion the Orpheum theatre nor Miles, 
proving the Grotto did buy it and 
that if they did not buy It — and 
that It was sold to Miles or the 
Orpheum — somebody is hiding be- 
hind a subterfuge and that the ad- 
vertising misrepresents. 


Los Aiig»'k'S, Nov. 29. 
Mrs, Nina C, Untermeyer, di- 
vorced wife of Alvin Untermeycr. 
the New York attorney, was wed 
here Monday to Elliott Dexter, for- 
mer husband of Marie Doro, at th*- 
de .Mile hciinfi, 

Eddie Gribbon, Bennett's Star 

Kildjc Cril.l>on is to be starred by 
Mack Sf-nnftt. Ciibhon wa;? a for- 
mer minor lenpue bnseb.ill star an«l 
at one time IMdie McG' forty's spar- 
ring partner. He has h^on on th^ 
roa' t for ab''Ut live yenrs In pio- 


Belvidere, HI., Votes for Sabbath 

Bolvidere. 111.. Nov. 19. 
Following an Intense campalfrn 
for Sunday amusement, this city 
jliil' d f'\er 2 to 1 in favor of It. 

The V(.le was 2,038 to 948. Belvl- 
<lcrfc has 8,000 population. Author- 
ity granted by the special election 
I.s broad, the question on the ballot 
r<a(i:ng ".ShaU tl.ta'ricals and other 
exhibition^ shows and amusement* 
be allowed In Utlvidere on the first 
(1,1 y (»f the wei'k, commonly knovm 
^as Sunday?" 


V \ 

FridAy, December 1, 1923 



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VOL. LXIX. No. 3 






Another Pop Vaudeville Theatre Proposed by Frank 
G. Hall at Hoboken — 1,000 Natives Subscribed to 
Capitol, Union Hill, N. J. 

While not altogether a new 
scheme of theatre building, the plan 
of erecting theatres through local 
aubscriptions appears to be under- 
going a revival In New Jersey. 
Frank G. Hall, a leading promoter 
over there for that type of theatre 
' construction, is about to promote a 
pop vaudeville and picture house 
for Hoboken, following the success- 
ful opening of a similarly built the- 
atre (Capitol) at Union Hill a 
couple of weeks ago. 

The plan seems to be to secure 
cufllcient funds through residents 
subscribing to the project, with 
each subscription carrying a life 
' pass to the theatre for the sub- 

The Union Hill theatre htm 1.000 
■ubscribers, with each the owner of 
« life pass entitling tliem to one 
ndmilision at a time, but without 
limit otherwise, to that particular 

The plan is being utilized else- 
(Continued on page 8) 


8tu«rt-WHyte Annual Tour Halts 
Owing to Discord in Troup 

Montreal, Dec. 6. 

F. Stuart-Whyte's English pan- 
tomime company, "Prince Charm- 
ing, Jr.," Is laying off in Montreal. 

The company played Hi.s Majes- 
ty's Tiioatre two wcoks ago and 
met with very moderate success. 
Zara Clinton was the featured 
player. Stuart- Why t<>*s produc- 
tions have, for many yenrs. toured 
Canada. Kach year brous^ht u new 
pantomime, playing at ?l.50 top. 

It is stated that the roal rea.son 
of the lay-off lies in the fact that a 
few members of the compiiny were 
Equity. Continual arguments led 
the producer, Stuait- Whyte, to take 
drastic action; he simply washed 
his hiinds of the whole tiling rather 
than continue his tour sut<ject to 


St. Louis. Dee. 6. 
St. Louis has been selected l)y tlie 
Musicians* Fund as the most de- 
sirable city to build its home for 
aged and infirm musiciuna. 

ERLANGER OUT $100,000 

Knickerbocker's Show Due at 

Storehouse After Saturday 

—Lasted 10 Weeks 


Pretext Is Actor Was in 
Arrears, Though He Was 
Not Suspended and Dues 
Are Now Up to Date — 
"Scandals" Agreement in 


•'The Yankee Princess" an 

operetta adapted from the Viennese 

"Die Bajadere" and produced by 

A. L. Erlanger will close at the 

Knickerbocker Saturday, bound for 

the storehouse. The loss on the 
venture is said to be upward of 


The passing of "Princess," con- 
sidered highly in nuisical circles, 
is significant of the rating of the 
operetta style of entertainment amid 
the newer vogue of revues In the 
musical comedy field. The Erlanger 
production was costly to operate, it 
having a weekly salary list of 
nearly (8,000. The average 
is quoted between $13,000 and $14,000 
weekly, but it is claimed the show 
did not have one winning week 
among the 10 weeks played on 
Bioadway. Tiie show called for 
$17,000 weekly to show a margin of 


Jack Johnson Sees Future in Afr ca 
for Himself as Actor 

Indianapolis. Deo. fi. 

.Tack Johnson, the negro iiugili.*'!. 
is going in for Shake.-<peare and 
vows he'll l>Iay Othello. 

"Li'l Artha" v/as here with hii- 
white wife. Lucille, wlio f;ought to 
v.c.iver her costly aiitomoI>jle, 
iiii/C'l hy Sheriff .Snider a year af;o 
wlien it and the receipts of the 
Lenwood Amusement Co. were nf- 
taehed by William Bottoms. Chi- 
cago cafe owner, for an alleged deiit 
Johnson owed him. 

She got the cnr and Jack an- 
nounced he is going to .Vlorot'o, 
Africa, to head his own; s- 
pearean company. 

A story along Broadway this week 
told of how Franklyn Ardell, a 
member of Equity in good standing, 
was turned dow^n by Equity, when 
the organization was requested to 
call for an arbitration in ArdeU's 
.«;alary claim against George White's 
"Scandals" for breach of contract. 

The reason reported pleaded by 
Equity to sidestep the arbitration is 
that Ardell was not a member In 
good standing when he entered into 
the contract with White some 
months ago. The Equity records 
show, it is said, that Ardell. then 
lapsed in dues, paid up in full with 
an additional $2.50 (fine), making 

(Continued on page 19) 


Maryland, Baltimore and Other Houses Follow 
Lead of Riverside — Saves Cost of a Jazz Band 
Turn in Program \-:r'^'''^':'''''-"-:-^., . 


Chicago Expects Influx of Idle 
Actors — Xmas Season 
Dullness Causes It . 

Chicago, Dec, d. 

Stock companies operating in the 
middle west will close within the 
next week. It Is said here, and fully 
500 actors are expected to be 
dumped upon Chicago by this de« 
cision. They will be without work 
and without much chance of se* 
curing employment in their particu- 
lar line. 

The approach of the Christmas 

(Continued on page 3) 

$250 TO $5,000 YEARLY 

American Musical Society 

Fixes Rates for Radio — Fee 

Based on Operations 

l!adlo Htations most remit at the 
rate r.f $iJ."iO to $r<.(iOO a year to the 
American Society of Composers, 
Authftr.y .'ind i»iihli.-;he!s for the priv- 
ilege of hroade.i sting coiiyri^ht 
music. The fee Is to be fixed by 
the soc'ety according tt» tiie broad- 
ea.viing .Mtation'.»< location, popula- 
tion it serves, ainount of prolit.s 
from rnrtio apparatus HJUPS Iftat It 
d''ri\'es, etc. 

Anjiik-Mtions for aiithori/.ed privi- 
lege to l»roa(lcast the Koci«'!y*H .»-or.gH 
.'•re coming in fhilly. The nidio con- 
<•• rns wer«' f«>irn:ill.\ adv'.sefl smie 
XNeek.s ugo that UM:iiilho:i.:ed broad- 
-rasting wouU^ ix- i>i-oseeuted a,s a 
\iol.itioi) of lh»' copxr.giit l;i\v. 


Charge Three K. C. Orchestra 
Leaders Afflicted with Habit 

Memphis, Dec. 9. 

The charge has been made by an 
act^ while in this city, that there are 
three orchestra leaders In Kansas 
City, who are continuously munch- 
ing while conducting. Whether this 
is a more aggravating habit than 
hum-chewIng the act would not 

Niek Pierong Is leaving Memphis 
for Kansas City where he will 
operate a baton. Local betting is 
3 to 1 Nick won't fall for popcorn. 


.\n innovation was introduced at 
tiie opening of "Fa.shions for Men" 
at the National when the manage- 
ment distributed Ihrowaways stat- 
ing tliat tho players requested tlie 
audietuo not to applaud them on 
entrance or at any time during thn 

It proved a relief scUlom befur*' 
e.\p( rienced at ^'i premiere in Man- 
hattar., and the enthusiasm at the 
curt.iiris rewarded It by adding as 
inu<h, probably, an would have i>et:ji 
used lnterrui*ting the speeches and 
l.roj;roK.s at Ic^s apt moments. 

The craze for orchestras as vaude- 
ville acts has resulted in an Increas- 
ing number of houses weekly util- 
izing the house orchestra as an act. 

Julius Lenzberg started It by 
shaping the Riverside, New York, 
orchestra into an act seteral weeks' 
ago, and the idea was taken up by 

The Maryland. Baltimore, itn the 
latest to have the house orchestra 
frame itself. 

The high salaries asked by tJio 
jaxz bands with "names" plays a 
considerable part In the general rush 
of houses to at least make a try for 
what the public wants in the way of 
jazz music. 


Reported Wilt Consists of 400,000 
Shares at |2S Par— Realty Used 

Further progress of the plan to 
float a stock issue for public sub- 
scription covering Shubert vaude- 
ville enterprises Ukes In Klliott 
Danforth, P'rank Uodsol and other 
financial allies of tha Shubert or- 
ganization, who are seeking to in- 
terest banks or other capitalists to 
underwrite the Issue of 400,000 
shares of $25 par. 

The proposition was said to con- 
template an underwriters' price of 
$17.50 with the over-the-counter 
price $20 to the public. On thi.-i 
basis it was figured the under- 
writers would be amply compen- 
sated for the trouble of distribut- 
ing the stock to the public without 
resorting to theatre sales, as was 
done with I^oew stock. 

It Is understood that a number 
of pieces of property In which the 
Shuberts have considerable equities 
will bo turned over to the company 
as assets for the stock. 



ForeinoHt Mnkcra of Rtsfc 
Aitlro for Women and M*« - 


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VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE PARI F ^ ® S*' Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square 

V^ /^ D 1^ £« 1^ 2096 Regent Friday, December 8, 1922 


Potiniere Has Moderate Suc- 
cess — Untranslatable 
French Title 

Paris, Dec. 6. 

The Theatre Potiniere produced. 
Ko\enib«.r 30, Audio Antolno and 
Maxinie Lory's throe-act comedy, 
"Les Chevaux de Hois" (an un- 
translatable reference to the horses 
of a merry-go-round that follow 
•ach other in circles without ever 
meeting). The piece met with mod- 
erate gucrep.s. It deals with an 
old subject, but in a fresh and live- 
ly fashion. It is taken from an 
Italian novel by Mathlldo Serao. 

Jeanle quits hor husband because 
of his philandering, but suddenly 
returns to him when a visit Im- 
pends of her invalid father, asking 
the husband to pretend domestic 
happiness. The husband agrees 
gladly, but neither is aware the 
father knows the domestic situa- 
tion and is pretending in order to 
maneuver a reconciliation. 

Subsequently the husband, who 
*has always regretted the family 
division, tries to keep his wife with 
bim, but she resists his embraces 
and escapes, pursued by the hus- 

The play proper ends at this 
point, but the denouement Is indi- 
cated by a novel dramatic device. 
There is a prolog In which a 
strange gnome, representing the 
household God Lar of Roman myth- 
ology, addresses the audience, point- 
ing to the barren home and indi- 
cating, the domestic situation of the 
absent wife, A soliloquy by the 
same odd figure at the end of. the 
.play, informs the audience the hus- 
band has overtaken the wife and 
been forgiven. 

Charlotte Lyses plays the wife, 
Jacques Capellan!, the husband, and 
Andre Dobosc, the father, all ac- 
quitting themselves with honor. 


Melvilles Withdraw Theatre From 
Block After Bid of 138,000 Pounds 


"Destruction" Written, Staged and 
Starred by Agnes Deltrna 

London, Dec. C. 

Agnes Dellana wrote, staged and 
starred herself In "Destruction," 
produced at the Royalty. It Is ama- 
teurish propaganda for the revision 
of the divorce laws. 

The lady of triple activities In- 
creased her burden by renting the 
theatre for one week. When the 
time is up "Destruction" is expected 
to disappear. 


Ian Hay's "Happy Ending" 

with Robert Lorraine and 

Ethel Irving 

London, Dec. 6. 

"The Happy Ending." produced at 
the St. James, Nov. 30, is brilliantly 
played by a cast headed by Kthel 
Irving and Robert Loraine. 

It was enthusiastically received at 
the premiere and looks likely to be- 
come a huge success. 

Ian Hay, the play's author, has 
turned out a splendid specimen of 
the English drawing room comedy 

At the Garrick last week, "Biflfy" 
disclosed itself as an old-fashioned 
play with a plot popular in America 
25 years ago. 

Robert Hale and Teddie Gerard, 
its leads, did good work, but the 
piece looks hopeless. 


Turn Moved to Middle of Bill from 
Opening Position 

' ^ London, Dec. 8. 

Following a bid by Frank Curzon 
for 138.000 pounds for the Prince's 
theatre when put up at auction Nov. 
29,, the Melvilles withdrew the prop- 
erty from sale. 

London, Dec. 6. 
At the Finsbury Park Monday, 
Kafka and Stanley, an American 
trapeze act, opened the show, scor- 
ing so terrifically they were moved 
to the centre of the bill at the sec- 
ond performance. ;. . 

Frank Van Hoven wishes to an- 
nounce that Frank Van Hoven, Ed- 
ward S. Keller's best act; Mr. Van 
Hoven also wishes to announce that 
Mr. Van Hoven thinks the hardest 
acts he has ever followed Mr. Gal- 
lagher apd Mr. Shean at Keith's 
Colonial, New York; Wllkie Bard, 
Empire. New Castle. Eng.; Cooper 
and Ricardo. Poll's, Worctster, and 
the other split that goes with it. Mr. 
Van Hoven wishes to congratulate 
Mr. Van Hoven for always boosting 
Mr. Van Hoven. Mr. Van Hoven 
thinks Mr. Van Hoven has said 
enough about Mr. Van Hoven. If 
you want to hear more about Mr. 
Van Hoven, better write to Mr. Van 

In other words, this is simply 
plain little 







Playars in 

^ rarlfl, Dec I. 

▲ road company, versed In 
Shakespeare, is now appearing at 
the Comedie des Champs Elysees, 
Paris. Arrangements made by 
Jacques Hebertot are so favorable, 
the visit may be an annual one. Its 
present run Is for three weeks. 

The company Is headed by W. 
Edward Stirling (who played with 
James K. Hackett at the Odeon last 
year), and Henry Oscar, a former 
member of Helen Terry's company. 
Esme Biddle (from Frank Benson's 
London troupe at the St. Martins) 
plays Portia In "The Merchant of 
Venice," which commenced the 
series lost week. 


Girl Practically Nude Prances 
Around Tables of Grafton 
Cabaret ^ 


Former Lord Chamberlain's 

Opinion, "Every Play 


Richard Garrick Appointed 
Producing Mgr. — Capital 
1 5,000,000 Lire - 


Paris. Dec. 6. 
Miss Mary Ruby, an English revue 
actress, who claimed $30,000 for a 
•scar on her face, due to an automo- 
bile accident here last year, has been 
awarded $7,500 by the loral courts'. 
Miss Ruby declared the accident 
prevented her appearing in the last 
Casino de Paris rovuo. 


Paris. Nov, 25. 

Jane Rosni Derys. French dra- 
matic artiste, in I'aris, aged 35 

Paul Linard (known as Linardinl), 
French vaudeville performer aged 

Ilarcelle Dorac, aged 32. 

Mme. Olivari (known as Sara 
Max, of Lnopinff Soeurs), aped 35. 

August Bardot, French composer, 
aged 65. 


Paris, Dee. 6. 

Andre Pascal (which is the 

pseudonym of Baron Henri de 

Rothchild) has completod a new 

play to be produced here at the 

.Theatre Antoine in January. 

The leads probably will be taken 
by Signoret and Mme. Marthe Reg- 
nler (Mme. F. Gcmier). 

The present title is appropriately 
"Moulin de la Galettc" in four acts. 
It is the name of a famous old 
dancing resort at Montmartre. "Ga- 
lette." besides meaning a flat cake, 
is also locarslang for money. 

"Les Rantzau" of Erckman-Cha- 
trian is being rehearsed at the 

Paris, Dec. 6. 
Rich.nnl Garrick has been appoint- 
ed producing manager of a big 
Italian film company organized 
with Italian capital of 15 million 

The concern has purchased the 
Armenia studio at Milan, reported 
to have cost five million lires to 
build and contains an equipment 
valued at three millions. Garrick 
former. y produced In England and 
France. He recently completed an 
important picture in Italy which led 
to interesting local capital In this 
new corporation, of wTiich Armando 
Vay (who controlled the film "The 
Bible" recently released in the 
United States), is president. 

The new company proposes em- 
ploying American artists now study- 
ing in Italy. .; >/ •: 

Londo.n, Noy. 23. 

The Duke of Athol, who has re- 
tired from the position of Lord 
Chambeiiain, has been unburdening 
himself about plays and the censor- 
ship. Tho word "bloody," he says. 
Is not objectionable in the mouih of 
a working man, but Is when used 
by a "nut." On the question of 
bedroom plays he holds the opinion 
that *'A bed Is a piece of furniture. 
In itself thfere Is nothing objection- 
able. It depends what Is done with 
the bed." 

The Duke concludes by stating If 
he had thought flappers would be 
thrilled by the "Cenci," he might not 
have licensed It, and sums up the 
whole censorship situation with 
"every play Is, In the strict sense 
of the word, immoral. It Is the 
obscene which It Is the duty of the 
Lord Chamberlain to prevent." . 

London, Dec. 6. 

Virtually nudo as she dances 
around the tables on the Grafton 
Galleries cabaret (club), Evon 
Plnard looks to be tho midnight 
sensation of the city and should 
continue to pack the cabaret, if not 
Interfered with. 

The Grafton opened last Wednes- 
day night with Its 500 seats at ona 
guinea per person, including sup- 
per, but the opening receipts reached 
1,400 pounds (about $G.200). 

The show Is called "The Midnight 
Revel." It was staged by Jack 
Haskel, the American, and Is In two 
parts, with some jasx . and blues 
in it. 

Jessica Brown, American, scored 
strongly, having two turns, one In 
each part, and with each featured 
on tho program. Her second turn 
I» composed of two American pub« 
lished numbers, "Sapphire Sea" and 
"Chicago." .-»:.,. - 

Miss Linard, closing the program 
just before the finale and billed aa 
"The Lady In Bronze," wore for her 
dance a tiny loin cloth and breast- 
plates, with her body bronzed. It 
is a rather daring departure for a 
London cabaret, witli a dancer so 
near the guests. A similar naked 
dance was done by Evan Burrows 
Fontaine at the Palais Royal cab- 
aret in New York some time ago, 
but the dancer there was held to 
the center of the floor and did not 
deem it necessary to bronze herselL 

Other principals in the midnight 
show are Derek Glynne, Lola Kras- 
avina with Gilbert Stacey in an 
"Operatic Tango," Marjorle Brooks^ 
Janette and Scott, Fayette Perry^ 
besides a girly chorus. . -f 

Cohan Left Boat for Paris 

London, Dec. 6. 
George M. Cohan left the Majestic 
at Cherbourg, going direct to Paris. 
As yet he has not reached London. 

London, Dec. •. 

The new edition of "The Mid- 
night Frolic" was staged last night 
at the Hotel Metropole, produced 
by Carl Hy.son. It's a brilliant 
cabaret entertainment. 

At the last moment the London' 
County Council gave consent for an 
elaboration of the show. 



I^ondon, Dec. 6. 
Actor-Author William Miles Mal- 
leson has been divorced by Lady 
Constance Malleson. 


London, Dec. 6. 
Despite an overly friendly oi)en- 
Ing audience last night at the 
Apollo, "Hawleys of High Street" is 
unlikely to be a success. It's a con- 
ventional farce comedy. 


London, Dec. 6. 
Arthur Whitby, aged 5!^, well 
known as a prof<'ssional, died on 
Nov. 29. 

Gladys Cooper's Clear Field 

London, Dec. 6. 
No defense has been interposed 
by her husband to Gladys Cooper's 
application for a divorce. 


--—-' SAILINGS -^r— 
Dec. 2. — (New York for London). 

— Marie Tempest (Aquitania). 

Dec. 6 (from London for New 

York), Jack Haskel, Harry Green. 

Billie Allen (Majestic). 

Marie Tempest Sails 

Marie Tempest sailed for Eng- 
land on the "Aquitania" called home 
by the lllnt-'.ss of her mother. She 
has no immediate production plans, 
but expects to appear in London 
about the middle of February. She 
appeared earlier this season in 
America in "Tlio Serpent's Tooth", 
but the part was unsuited to her 
and the play's career was brief. 

Court Fixes Penalty at Month's 
Salary for Broken Engagement 

143 Charing Ctoss Road 

Director, JOHN TILLER 



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rnoDc Bit VAN T 433} 

"Robin Hood" at Pavilion Dec. 25 

London, Dec. 6. 
The Fairbanks American-made 
picture of "Robin Hood" will follow 
"Phi Phi" at the Pavilion, for a run 
at a special scale to be arranged. 

Aftor loss than a fortniiirht's run 
(he Hu^•sl.^n play, "Tlu; IV-ating on 
thp Door," flu sh.d at tho St. .lam^s. 
Tlii.s 1h aiiituf .1 I .cord short rutl for 
the Uobcrt Loraine is n<>>;o 
tiating for a .short sea.son at the tlu- 
atre, and if hueCcssful will prodiir.- 
"The Happy Ending" about Nov. 30. 
"petti* Pan'* will K<» into the ma'.iiu'f 
bill on l)ec 1ft and Owen Narps with 
"If Winti'r Conu'.s" is duo In .Janu- 
ary, 'o in any case I^>rainf'iJ season 
cannot bo a lung one. however great 
liie 'T. '' "'.'j <-' ' Ju:i liuj ■» li^u p .... 
I ujay bo. • 

Paris, Dec. 6. 

An Important decision nas hand- 
ed down by the courts in Paris a 
few days ago when Mile Florelle 
was ordered to pay as penalty or 
liquidated damages to the manage- 
ment of the Galte Rochechouart, 
3.500 francs, equal to a month's 

Mile. Florelle was engaged at the 
Gaito Rochechouart in Aug. 1921, to 
play in the revue by Bataille Henry 
and Rouvr ly for two months, from 
October. In the meantime she 
signed a contract with Hertz & 
Co'iuelin for the Porte St. Martin 
and advised the manager of the 
Gaito Rochechouart. The latter 
l)rought suit for breach of contract, 
claiming 7,000 francs idomnily, the 
amount of Mile Flnrelle's salary of 
3,500 francs a month. 

Counsel for the defendent actreps 
contended the amount of liquidated 
damages could not bo more than 
Frs. 1,17)0. .a fortniKhl's salary, as 
alti.ouuh the contract specified an 
cngag'-mtnt of two months there 
was a clause giving tho manage- 
ment the special ri^ht of cancelling 
the enKagement after 15 days' 
noli('*>. The clause did not apply 
to both p.'<rtie.a, argued counsel for 
the plaintiff. 


London, Nov. 26. 
It Is said that when James White 
produces "Pompadour" in London, 
the Viennese player, Fritzle Mas- 
sary will play the part she created 
In Berlin. 

Since 1919 the Actors* Association 
has spent £25,025 In Improving 
the profession, and has paid out 
£19,758 In benefits to members. 
During 1922 It has been Instrumen- 
tal In recovering £3,382-14-4, and 
the death levy has amounted to 
£ 1,099. 

Fr, nzonl, the leading member of 
\]\e Afiollo Troup*', dii-l ;ih lio took 
his call at tli<> end of tlic act in th»' 
.srM'ond ho use at th e Frnj>ir«', Hhof- 
finld. \uv 17. He hafl In- n siifffr- 
ing .'KutJ'ly for some d.iys. but in- 
sisted (in ritnying on. His 1,'ist feat, 
which i.s thought to be re:qjonsible 
for hi.M death, consisted of one In 
which In- balanced one pailner In 
the air above 'him and another on 
li:s sho\iM.M- will)*.' banin;; bark at 
an angle. l?owing his acKnowledg- 
ments, he sud<l^niv put hi«« h-n/i to 

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i^uiuuioiicU nicUi'.'ul u:U \va.j uscles 

*'Round In 50" will not be played 
at the Hippodrome on the occasion 
of the Koyal visit. Dec. 12. The 
entire proceeds of the performance 
will go to the Variety .Artists' 
Benevolent Fund. Moss Empires. 
JAd., meeting the entire expenses of 
the evening. 

Hyram Travers, a once famous 
comedian of the old school, popu- 
larly known as the "Pearly King," 
has just died, aged 73. 

Robeft Courftieidgr enters Into his 
tenancy of the Savoy, Feb. 4. The 
tenancy extends for seven years. 
Light comedy and farces will form 
his staple attractions, although he 
may produce musical comedy there. 
Among the i)lays he has already 
scheduled for production are one by 
Ian Hay. one by Jack Hulbert, his 
son-in-law. one by Erie Hudson, and 
a farce by H. F. Maitby. He will, 
however, open his tenancy with Noel 
Coward's comedy, "The Young 
Idea." which i.s at present placing 
in the i>rovinces. 

The Regent is to have its own 
special Christnia'J attraellt)n. This 
wi'l bo "The Christmas Party" 
which vMll be f)layed at matinees, 
"The Immortal Hour" remaining in 
the evening bill. 

Robert Farcniliarson, who share*; 
tho success of the "Cen.i" with 

Sybil Thorndyke. is rarely seen on 
the stage. A wealthy man, he Uvea 
in Florence, only coming over ta 
England to play for the Phoenix 
and other high-brow .societies. 

The British National Opera COt 
reopens at Convent Garden, Boxing 
day, Dec. 26. a. . 

Bransby Williams concluded hlB 
suburban season Nov. 18 and haa 
returned to the provinces, where ha 
will presently revive the Lyceum 
version of "The Lyons Mail," him- 
self playing the dual role of Doboso 
and Lesurques. the parts made fa- 
mous by Irving. In March he will 
produce "Hamlet ' at the Prince of 
Wales', Birmingham. He seems to 
have comple*ely deserted vaudeville 
for the legitimate. 

The show world Is well repre- 
sented in Parliament, although no 
actor or vaudevillian is sitting 
there. Sir Walter de Frccce and Sir 
Alfred Butt are both in. James 
OGrady. one of the best friends 
vaudeville has ever had, has been 
returned from Leeds on the Labour 
vote, E. C. Kcmmerde, K. C, the 
playwright, ha.s won Crewe: Patrick 
Hastings, K. C, another playwright, 
is in for^all; I»at Collins, for 
16 years president of the Showman's 
Guild, is also in. T'nfortunately, we 
have lost James Seddon and A. E. 
Nowbould, the latter being presl- 


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jSeli Off on General Weak Spots, but Ignore Im- 
provements Elsewhere — Orpheum Notably Weak 
f at 19%— Loew Rallies Slightly From 18 

The state of the speculative mind 
up to mid-week was mixed as a 
ireneral thing, but the tendency in 
the amusement group was all one 

\ way, and that way downward. Not 
that price movements were espe- 

. daily signiflcant, for the volume of 

■v business was too trifling to mean 
anything one way or the other. All 
week long the four theatre stocks 
on the Exchange scarcely made a 
9ingle daily turnover in four figures. 
It does not often happen .that 
bullish and bearish opinion is so 
evenly divided as has been the case 
for the last three eessions. The 
future of prices is too uncertain to 
invite a general aggressive buying 
or selling campaign. That being 
the case, partisans of the amuse- 
ments appear to be marking time 
for the present. -It would not be 
surprising if the insiders in all the 
theatre stocks are letting things 
drift with no other settled plan of 
action than to pick up whatever 
bargains are offered against the 
time when the market situation 
clears up sufficiently to make a re- 
sumption of pool operations prom-, 
ising. > ■ ' 

. Tempting Pools * 

Observers of this special class of 
securities stlil adhere to their set- 

' tied view that soonor or later the 
cliques will return to the field. In 
Famous Players, Orpheum and 

. Lioew the situation of stocks is such 
as to invite a play. All three have 
demonstrated that they can easily 
be put up to much higher levels 
when the surrounding conditions 
are right. It took no violent exer- 
tion on the part of the Famous 
Players to mark their stock up to 

' par and better when the bull going 
was good. A good deal of the early 
pool accumulation was reportcfO 

• Hone between 82 and 88, and now 
(Continued on page 35) 


Shortly Playing at Palace, New 


Monkey Turn Opens at $650 
Weekly— Foreign 

Act V 

The second Shubert vaudeville 
unit act to be signed by the Or- 
pheum Circuit is "Max and Merits," 
the monkeys, playing as added at- 
tractions with different units. 

The monks were signed to an 
Orpheum route opening in Chicago 
Dec. 10 at $660 weekly. The book- 
ing was direct, it being understood 
the Orpheum office bought the act- 
outright from A. E. Johnson, who 
held a pay or play contract with the 
Shuberts for 20 weeks* consecutive 

The act, a foreign turn, opened on 
the Shubert vaudeville circuit in Oc- 


Pantages Through with Brown 
Bros. Imitation 

Mollle Fuller who Is blind, will 
play the Palace. New York, within 
three weeks. The Fuller sketch 
will open out of town next week. 
Blanche Merrill wrote several com- 
edy songs for Miss Fuller, Gilbert 
Clark is making the wardrobe, Lee 
Edwards writing the score, and Ed- 
win August directing. 

E. F. Albee of Keith's donated the 
scenery. On the Palace opening 
7 Bert Savoy (Savoy and Brennan) 
• will play a part in the sketch. 
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The birth of twins In theatricals 
is a rarity but two families of pro- 
fessionals were blessed with the 
« double event within the last two 
weeks. At their home in New York, 
Dec. 5, two boys were born to Mr. 
and Mrs. \V. Williams, known in 
vaudeville as Williams and Wil- 
liams. The combined weight of the 
infants was 16 pounds. 

At Skene's sanitorlum, Brooklyn, 
on Nov. 24, two daughters were the 
surprise package for Mr. and Mrs. 
Archibald Lodge. The mother is 
profes.slonally known as Marguerite 

The PantageA circuit has notified 
the Vaudeville Managers' Protect- 
ive Association that the C. L. Brown 
copy act of the Six Brown Bros, 
will receive no further booking 
from the Pantages office. The act 
was given two weeks' notice of can- 
cellation following Chicago, where 
injunction proceedings were brought 
against the act last week, which is 
billed as "The Original Saxophone 

Charles Dillingham complained to 
the V. M. P. A. against the act 
playing the Rivoll, Toledo, Nov. 19, 
with the six Brown Bros, following 
them In the next week in "Tip Top." 

A wire was despatched to the 
Chicago Pan office which elicited a 
reply this' week. It is understood 
that the V. M. P. A. was prepared 
to go to any length to prevent the 
copy act from completing a tour 
of the Pan houses which was con- 

Two other "copies" under the 
same idanagement are said to be 
playing the middle western picture 
houses and independent circuits. 


William Stewart Charged With 

y •; 


Oh, my no, "She Is Just portraying 
the photographer's suggestion. On 
the contrary. Miss Martins is very 
happy at Keith's Royal this week 
and the petite French comedienne is 
booked for the remainder of the 


Critic Scores Isadora as 

^'Smirching Art"— Art 

Posters Censored 



The Burlesque Club of America is 
to have a Circus Night, Washing- 
tons birthday night (Feb. 22) at the 
club rooms on 44th street. Admis- 
sion of $1.50 will be charged. 

Christmas wctlc the club will Uocp 
open house for a'l burlos<iu?r8, 
whether meml-ora or not. 


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**nna H(iia{f;-.-. «-il» lor J";nr:.lanil oa 

l)t.-. It), nnd will 1 o o.' -r ihvc t;ev- 

oral we''l:s. 

W. M. Smith's $250,000 Real Estate 

Tulsa, Okla., Dec. i. 
William M, Smith has purchased 
the uncompleted Edwards building 
here at a cost of $250,000 and will 
finish its completion. The Orpheum 
tlieatre will be located on the ground 
floor of the building. 

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Billy Tracey, song writer, to Ada 
Carter, Nov. 28, in New York. 

Doris Green ("Up She Goes") to 
Henry Herzbrun, Dec. 2, In Now 
York. Mr. Herzbrun is a Times 
square attorney known to the the- 
atrical world. 

Barry Townsley and Lenore Mas- 
so, both of the "Bootleggers," were 
recently married in New Y'ork. 

The secret marriage of Jere De- 
lan^y to Mary . Moore who played 
the title role in "Irene" which oc- 
curred in Orange, N. J., Aug. IC. 
at the Church of Our I^dy of 
Lourdes. the Jlev. Father O'Connor 
ofhciatirg, becnme Itnown this weelc. 
DeTaney is now playing in vaude- 

Evelyn Brent who hns been one 
of the leading women In Metro 
productions and who has been en- 
g.itrid as loading woman for Dou;,'- 
lUB Falibank.^ in h\A next proilut- 
tU)n .'MS nnarrird to Bi^.-nio Kinoinaii 
i!! :;f\v Yorl<, Nov. 21. 'Ph.-r lu'irlr 
Irit fir the coart wiilvn a day or 
Fo .ift!.:" tito reromony ['j talie \i|> 
l.< • \.ot'< in the FulrbaaV;:'. picture 

Following In the wake of Isadora 
Duncan's performance at Macau - 
ley's theatr* la which she was 
charged with a disregard for 
decency, police censorship of the 
theatre and movies in Louisville has 
become operative. 

Two policewomen. Mrs. Mamie 
Oldham and Mrs. Alice Dunlop, will 
censor the production of local play- 
houses for the benefit of the Board 
of Safety. 

The Board of Safety now will 
notify the manager of the theater, 
the promoter of the show and the 
individuals connected with it, that 
they wilt all be held responsible for 
the nature of the performance. 

On the morning after Miss Dun- 
can's performance at Macauley's, 
the critic for the* Courier-Journal 
scored her for disregard for decency 
under the head of, "Isadora 
Smirches Art" 

Extracts from the criticism fol- 

"Miss Duncan may be pardoned 
for some of her hasty remarks she 
has made for the newspapers. She 
may be misunderstood and she may 
be laboring for the ultimate In art, 
but art cannot excuse the indecency 
she displayed in her final number 
last night 

"The climax came when a fasten- 
ing of her dress at the shoulder 
broke and portions of her anato- 
my heretofore decently confined 
came Into full exposure, an ex- 
posure the audience might have 
forgiven as accidental if the dancer 
had not neglected when the dance 
was ended to cover herself, thus 
leaving an ugly blotch in the recol- 
lection of those who had been sym- 
pathetic to her during the earlier 

Harry Martin, manager of Macau - 
ley's theatre, held a conference with 
the Board of Safety last week In 
which he regi-etted the objection- 
able incident that occurred In Isa- 
dora Duncan's dance. He showed 
the board five posters for advertis- 
ing the Denishawn Dancers. The 
board said that one of them was 
obviously Indecent and that an- 
other bordered, on the same line. 

Charles F. Huhlein, chairman of 
the Board of Safety, stated that "if 
any more exhibitions are given here 
liice that of Isadora Duncan the 
perpetrator shall be Indicted. If 
they have left the city they should 
be brought back and tried.'* 

Syracuse, N. T., Dec, •. 

Willam Stewart of the vaudeville 
team of Bryant and Stewart, play- 
ing Keith's here this week, was 
served with separation papers in 
an action by his wife, as he walked 
off the stage. ^ 

Mrs. Stewart asks that a sub- 
stantial alimony be grunted her 
from the $350 week'.y salary re- 
ceived by the comedian, married 
only 18 months. 

Mrs. Stewart said that their 
troubles started while on their 
honeymoon, spent traveling around 
the Keith Circuit s 

Branding her marriage life as a 
round of abuse and discord. Mrs. 
Stewart mentions Cleveland and 
Montreal as two of the cities where 
she was beaten. Wliile in Cleveland 
she said her eyes were blaclcened 
and her lip3 bruised by punches. In 
Montreal she charges Stewart l>eat 
her into unconsciousness. She also 
said that the same thing happened 
in New York City in their apart- 

Stewart says he met his wife at 
a party given by Frank Tinney 18 
months ago and that he has not 
seen her In 17 months. He says he 
never took the marriage seriously 
and is just as anxious that a separ- 
ation be granted as Mrs. Stewart 

Stewart declared today he does 
not fancy being looked upon as a 
brute on the "say-so" of a woman 
who was just as foolish as he had 
been. Mrs. Stewart's accusations 
consists of non-support, cruel and 
inhuman treatment. 


Lee Ephriam Traveled to Coast 

and Back — Closed for 
^ V "Thin Ice" 


Shubert Units' Broadway Stand Oe- 
buts in Ticket Bargain Bazaar 

For the first time sino« the Shu- 
berts started to play the unit chows 
at the Central. N. Y., seats for the 
house were on sale Saturday of last 
week at cut rates. "Midnlte ^levels" 
was the attraction. 

This weelc for Marx Bros. 20th 
Century Review" the cut rate plan 
was continued, and seats were on 
sala on the ticket bargain bazaar 
from Monday on. *. '/ 


London, Dec. 6. 

The partnership of Paul Murray 
with Andre Chariot is dissolving, 
though the firm will continue to hold 
its joint management of "Snap" at 
the Vaudeville theatre and the "Mid- 
night Follies" cabaret ;^how at the 
Hotel Metropole. 

Murray is joining the Alf Zeitlin 
agency and is at present confined to 
his home with tonsilitis. Chariot is 
now on the Continent. 

The dissolution has been l>rought 
about through the men having no 
further productions on hand. , 


(Continued from page 1) 
«eason. always a dull period in tlic- 
atricals, has frightened the man- 
agers into this decision, it is re- 
i i-orte«l. Even overtures from the 
I players to accept half-salary for 
I iJu- holiday period did not Interest 
I the managers. 

! The NI*'K«empyor stork at tlie 
Shulcrt, Milwaukee, has already 
tinscd. The Butterricld stock cuni- 


(Continued from page 1) 

where, according to report, prin- 
cipally In the east at present, on 
Long Island, where several thea- 
tres have either been built or are 
proposed with a list of local sub- 
scribers. The Inducement to the 
Ijong Islanders, it is said, is that 
the theatre will play all kinds of 
attractions, including legit road 
shows, with vaudeville not over 
two days weekly, owing to limited 
drawing population for any one 

Lee Ephriam, > the English the- 
atrical a^ent representing Daniel 
Mayer & Co. of London, left this 
week on the "Mauretania," &bout 

two months after ne reached N«w 
York. . ' 

Among the closed attractions ef- 
fected by Mr. Ephriam over here 
were the purchase of the British 
rights for 'Thin Ice." "It's a Boy" 
and '"Her Temporary Husband." 
Several other deals are pending. 

•Thin Ice" will be produced I'n 
London by Percival Knight, Its 
author, who will a'so play In It over 
there, as he is now doing In the run 
of the piece on Broadway. While 
"It's a Boy" was lately closed In 
Boston by Sam H. Harris following 
its New York try, Mr. Ephriam be- 
lieves It will do on the other side. 

Another transaction completed 
while In New York by Ephriam was 
a coiTtract for five pictures for D. W. 
Griffith, to be made by Ivdr Norvero, 
looked upon as a strong contender 
for all film honors when appearing 
on the American screen. Mr. 
Norvello abroad has been In the pic- 
ture productions of "Carnival," "Bo* 
hemian Girl" and "The Blood.** 

V.'hile other engagements are re- 
ported to have been made by Mr. 
Ephriam during his visit here, which 
included a trip to the coast and re- 
turn, the English agent would not 
discuss any matters but those fin- 
ished. He did admit, however, the 
story of how he secured "Thin Ice" 
the same afternoon he witnessed the 
performance. After sovlng the play 
Mr. Ephriam called upon Mr. Knight 
in the latter's dressing room, said he 
thought the piece suitable for Lon- 
don and asked the figure. Mr. 
Knight named one amount, and 
Ephriam countered with another on 
the condition Mr. Knight staged the 
piece and played in it abroad.. The 
duo then repaired to the Shuberts* 
office, and before six It had been 

Mr. Ephriam made manr>' observa- 
tions while over here, and will be 
a more frequent visitor to America 
in the future, Jw stated. The Dan- 
iel Mayer agency Is one of the 
largcFt theatrical agencies In the 
world, liandling all .classes of at- 
tractions. ^ • 

seen In the Royal, Brighton. Feb. 12. 
Iris Hoey will be the leading lady. 
After a short provincial trip, the 
play will come to the West End. 
Another promised production of hi.<, 
•The String of Pearls," has been 
postponed until later in the spring. 

Joe Nightingale will take A. W. 
Backcomb's place in "Snap" at the 
Vaudeville when the latter goes into 


London, Dec. 6. 

A postponement may be announced 
for "Battling Butler," scheduled now 
to open at the Oxford Friday night. 

The piece stars Jack Buchanan 
and Phyllis Titmuss. Postponement 
may be occasioned through Miss 
Tltmu'js' sudden illness. 


(Continued from page J) 

dent of the Cinematograph Exhibi- 
tors' Association. 

Maisle Gay, who has Just returnel 
from Australia, will talce Clarice 
Mayne's place In "Snap" at tiie 
Vaudeville, This l.s only one more 
of the changes made by the arrival 
of the pantomime season. 

Practically the whole of the origi- 
nal cast will appear in Sir G-rald 
du Maurier's revival of 'Bulldog 
Drummond" at Wyndham's on Box- 
ing day (Dec. 26). After this re- 
vival, he will produce a new play by 
Alan Parsons, entitled "The Danc- 

EKGAGSMOrS line Camf ron, "iSLr uvbtM'fv 

I .'iiiJc' (Lc'.If r«'r). 

Mi.plyn A.bul-.lo. -CM fMI. :vi. IV 
Marry De f, Kf. !i ene M;irtyn. 

Tl'.ir.n GiJin'^s, P.on l»ya:ir Harrioitr Nellie Gialinm I'Jertt, i!ort i 

Donn, "Sun Showers." 

The most notable event of the 
holiday season will doubtless be 
Arthur Bourclilrr'« production of R. 
L. Stevenson's "Tf^asiire Island." 
This dramatization is the worlc of 
J. D. Fagan and the Incidental mu- 
sic has been '.«<poclally composed by 
I'rcderii! Coimr. 

panics in Michigan an* also closed. 

Coast Bert Levey Due in Chicago 
Chicago. Dec. 6 
Bert Levey. ■ who operates « 
vaudeville clrvuit on the Pacific 
Coast. Is expec'.eil to reacli Chicago 
, this week. 

Lord Livr-t:- 1, iia.s loft for Aniertca 
to Appear i«k it«'> New k'orlc produc- 
tion if "(ml I'.ill. M. P." Bruce 
Bairn.sf/ithcr will not go over for the 

. *> »n 

Julian FrrinU, who rrtn "The Kdge 
of Iieyon<l" ho «urcc»«Bfully at \he 
CJarrIcK, has .wquirod the dramatic 
rigiits of <.uc or the late Charles 
CJarvlct'.s \tvp.l novels. "JuKt a Olrl." 
"The dramatization will be originally 

The frst of the Pinero C;'cle, 
"Mid-Channel." finishes at the Roy- 
alty, Dec. 2. The revivals will then 
be transferred to the Ambassadors 
and "Sweet Lavender" will bo seen 
Dec. 22. This will be followed by 
"The Benefit of the Doubt." Leon 
M. Lion and J. T. Greln have ac- 
quired a long lease of the theatre 
and may Interrupt the Pinero Cycle 
by the production of a new play by*' 
George Moore. -„ 

"Whirled Into Happiness" will An- 
ish at the Lyric Dec. 19 and the 
company will start a provincial tour. 
It will be followed by "Blossom 
Time," the musical play which has 
the composer Schubert as the hero. 

Ernete Zaccone, "the Henry Ir- 
ving of Italy.'* will shortly be at the 
Court. London, for a short season. 
He will probably appear In Ibesen's 
"Uhosts." three plays by d'AnnunsIo 
and "Hamlet" or "Macbeth." The 
Britislj visit is being arranged hT'- 
Bert HowelL . 


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After the Comedie Francalse, thifc 
Scottish players. They open at th# 
Coliscum Jan. 1 in "A Valuabi* 
Rival," plofy let. : ^ .. 

Following the Empire run "The 
Smith Family" will play Newcastle- 

OQ-Tyne for four weeks. 

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Friday, December 8, 19i&| 


Return to Estate of $870,000 
Paid to Widow Directed 
By Court , 

Montreal, Dec. 6. 
Demanding the removal of the 
Capital Trust Co., the appointment 
of nevr trustees, including Mary 
Small, Instead of the widow of the 
missing theatrical magnate, and also 
filing « caveat against the Small 
estate, Gideon Grant, K. C, has ju.<4t 
opened another stage in the flght 
following the mysterious disappear- 

CTice of Ambrose J. Small, Toronto's 
theatrical magnate. 

This comes on top of earlier de- 
velopments of the past week or two 
in which Mrs. Small was ordered 
to return $870,000 to the estate. The 
orders of the official referee in the 
case were set aside and Chief Jus- 
tice Meredith suggested that it was 
about time the Small will was 
proved. Acting for the Mis.sea 
Small, sisters of the theatrical mil- 
lionaire, Grant gave notice that he 
would move fo» an order — "remov- 
ing the committee or trustees of the 
estate, the Capital Trust Corpora- 
tion and Theresa Small, and ap- 
pointment of the Chartered Trust 
and Executor Co. and Mary Flor- 
ence Maude Small (sister) to be the 
committee and trustees." 

In support of the motion, an affi- 
davit of Mary Small will be used. 

The affidavit seta forth among 
other things: 

"That the said order directed re- 
payment by the aaid Theresa Small 
to the said committee of the said 

"That there la now due from the 
•aid Theresa Small to the said es- 
tate in respect of the monies so 
paid to her by the said committee 
the sum of about $955,000. 

"That the trustee of the Capital 
Trust Corporation, as I am advised 
by my solicitor and verily believe, is 
In law liable to pay the said monies 
in case the said Theresa Small is 
unable to do. 

"That it ia therefore advisable 
that new trustees should be ap- 
pointed who can force repayment 
of the said monies. .. 

"That the breaches of trust com- 
mUted by the present trustees are 
as follows: 

"In paying to Theresa Small by 
an alleged agreement of Ambrose J. 
Small, the sum of $700,000 and of 
delivering to her $100,000 of Victory 
Bonds and assigning to her a mort- 
gage on the Regent Theatre, ap- 
proximately of the value of $175.- 
000, and in paying to the said The- 
resa Small the sum of about $12,800 
on deposit to the credit of Ambrose 
J. Small in the Home Bank of 
Canada, Church Street Branch, and 
in consenting to an order for main- 
tenance In the sum of $30,000 per 
annum, a sum which is grossly exr 
orbit ant." 

Mary Florence Maud Small and 
Gertrude Mercedes Small filed a 
caveat ift the Surrogate Court 
against admitting the will of their 
brother, Ambrose J. Small, to pro- 
bate. They aver that the will, made 
in 1903, in which Mrs. Theresa 
Small is named sole beneficiary and 
executrix, is not their brother's last 
will and testament. On May 25, 
1920, the Misses Small filed a caveat 
against a will supposed to have 
been made in 1912, but this caveat 
has expired through lapse of time. 
The caveat reads: 
"I>et nothing be done in the es- 
tate of Ambrose Joseph Small of 
the City of Toronto, in the County 
of York, without notice to Mary 
Florence Maud Small and Gertrude 
Mercedes Small, both of the City 
of Toronto, in the County of York, 
spinsters. The said Mary Florence 
Maud Small and Gertrude Mercedes 
Small are sisters of the said Am- 
brose Joseph Small and are inter- 
ested in his estate as next of kfn. 
This caveat is entered for the rea- 
son that a document made in the 
year 1903, purporting to be the last 
will and testament of the pn!d Am- 
brose Joseph Small. Is not his last 
will and testament. Batetl at To- 
ronto this 2nd day of December. 
1922, Mary Florence Maud Small 
and Gertrude Mercedes Small." 


Johnny Owes $4,300 — Has Nothing 
but Clothes 

Johnny Dooley admits liabilities 
of $4,307.45 and assets of $250 (ex- 
empt personal wearing apparel) In 
a voluntary petition in bankruptcy 
filed in the U. S. District Court last 
week. • 

The debts consist of notes, bills, 
$264.41 to Ballard Macdonald. the 
songwriter, for services rendered; 
$500 commissions to Chamberlain 
Brown; $200 to Davidow & Le- 
Maire; $C00 to Robert Law, scenic 
artist, and sundry other items. 

Dooley's name In private life Is 
John D. Dool. He is at present with 
the "Bunch and Judy" at the Globe. 
New York. 


More Equal Display In Dailies 

— **Headlinerless*' 


The Keith office will, In the near 
future, send ou«. notices to all house 
managers that future advertlsinff 
for the vaudeville bills played In 
Keith houses Is to be along the lines 
of exploiting the entire bill as a 
whole, rather than a spread for the 
headliner and feature acta on the 

The idea back of the innovation is 
the belief of the Keith people that 
the vaudeville patron comes to the 
theatre to see all of the acts, and is 
not "drawn" thither by any "name" 
or particular act. 

The out-of-town patron as well 
as the big city habitue is a lover of 
new faces and new material. It is 
to cater to this interest in the en- 
tire program that the new regime is 
to be concentrated upon. 

It doesn't mean that each act on 
the bill will receive equal adver- 
tising display in the house matter 
sent to the local dailies, but the 
system of splashing the headline «ct 
all over, with the balance of the acts 
in very small type, is to be cor- 

The "headllnerless" bill planned 
for the Palace, New York, this sea- 
son is the first step toward break- 
ing down of the old order. The 
failure of former Keith 'names" to 
draw when appearing in other 
houses has been an object les.son 
and an inspiration for further re- 
search along* the same lines. 


Sues Marion Harris for $2,000 — $50 

Laurence Schwab has begun suit 
in the City Court for $2,000 against 
Marion Harris (vaudeville). The 
action is based on a contract of 
April 5, 1921. w^hcreby Schwab was 
to receive $60 weekly from Miss 
Harris for his services as personal 
representative for a period of two 
years. The $50 was to be paid only 
for weeks the actress played. 

Schwab claims a default for 40 
weeks. The defense in a general 
denial and a separate defense that 
the contract was later waived and 


of COLEY and JA^CON 

Late of Fay, 2 Coleys and Fay 
Presenting "The Minstrel and the 

Maid," assisted by Boney 
ter D. Hickman. 

"The woman is so clever she made 
this act my favorite on the bill." 

"Coley and Jaxon, billed as the 
minstrel and the maid, ore as nat- 
ural a pair of entertainers as we 
have seen for some time. Their 
comedy offering is clean fun, and 
their songs are handled in a way 
that is quite their own." 

Home to spend the holidays. 
Raleigh, N. C, R. F. D. «. 


Cost $5,000 Weekly to Operate 

— Herk Invested $24,000 

in Show 

Jack Singer's "Hello, New York," 

the Shubert vaudeville unit, closed 

on the Affiliated circuit Sunday at 
the Empress, St. Louis. 

The unit was one of the few that 
didn't impose a salary cut on ar- 
tists. The salary list totaled $4,420 
weekly, making the o^eratlng cost, 
including everything, about $5,000. 

"Hello. New York" jumped to St. 
Louis from Cincinnati minus Jack 
Singer, its producer, who made a 
trip to New York to interview the 
Shuberts and the Affiliated. 

Salaries were paid In full at Cin- 
cinnati. Harold Berg, the traveling 
publicity representative for the 
Aflflliated, raised the necessary $2,- 
500 on his personal note. 

Wesley Barry and Co. was added 
to the unit during the Cincinnati 
engagement at a salary of $1,650. 

I. H. Hcrk is interested in "Hello. 
New York" to the extent of $17,000 
toward the production and $7,000 
additional advanced to meet ex- 
penses and deficits since the unit 

Singer is a former Columbia cir- 
cuit burlesque manager. 


Will Von TilxeKs Concern Thrown 
Into Court 


De Haven and Nice, recent fea- 
tures and co-producers of the Shu- 
bert vaudeville unit "Broadway 
P'ollics" opened Monday at the New 
Amsterdam, New York with "Zieg- 
feld's Follies". 

The unit was produced by George 
C.allagher, former American bur- 
lesque wheel producer. De Haven 
and Nice and Joe Towle, also In 
the cast, are said to have been 
heavily interested In the attraction, 
which closed recently after being a 
consistent loser since the premier. 


Julian Eltinge has again changed 
his plana anent again sending out 
"The Elusive Lady," which he re- 
cently closed in after a number of 
unsuccessful weeks on the road. He 
is due for vaudeville for the balance 
of the season and will probably open 
In Boston shortlyi 


Chicago, Dec. 6. 
The Desmond. Port Huron, Mich., 
books with two different vaudeville 
agencies using a show for the last 
halt of ono week from Carrell in 
Chh ago, nnd for the last half of the 
next week from the International, 
Detroit. , 


San Francisco, Dec. 6. 

Roy Atwell opened with a now 
act at the Golden G^tc last week 
but closed after the Sunday per- 

The Temple Trio played out the 

An Involuntary petition in bank- 
ruptcy was filed last week against 
the Broadway Music Corporation, of 
which Will Von Tllzer is president. 
The three petitioning creditors are 
Edgar Allan Woolf, Neville Fleeson 
and Samuel L. Itoss. Woolf claims 
$110.83*royaltles due; Flee.son, for- 
merly a staff writer of the com- 
pany, claims $372,12 orT a note for 
services rendered, and Ross also has 
a note claim for $330 for services. 
Fleeson. after severing connections 
with the Broadway, started on an 
unsuccessful music publishing ven- 
ture with Albert Von Tllzer, brother 
of Will. 

Last week, Sydney D. Mitchell, a 
staff writer, filed a New York Su- 
preme Court suit against the com- 
pany for $5,904.17, alleged due on a 
two years' contract at $150 a week. 
The sum claimed is for alleged bal- 
ance of unpaid royalties. Lew Pol- 
lack, Mitchell's writing partner 
(music) also has a $200 salary claim 
ngainst the same defendant. 

The inside of the Broadway's 
troubles is reported as revolvlnR 
around an executive of the corpora- 
tion. His alleged unfamiliarlty with 
the inner workings of th<; musl'? 
business did not deter him from 
recommcnd'lnp the acquisition of a 
lease on two floors of the Robert- 
son-Cole building, though deemed 
the old location on West 46th street 
was sufTiclent. Large contracts with 
staff writers were also deemed pro- 
hibitive in view of the non-produo- 
tlon of hits. 


Childron of Newark May Bo Soon In 
N«Mr York — Part Rovuo 

Newark, N. J., Doc. 1. 

Greenwood Kiddles Ballet, 
with S4 children, all of Newark and 
of well-to-do j>arents, gave a per- 
formance the last half week at 
Proctor's, Clizabeth, N. J., booked 
by John J. ColUns of the Keith 

It is said Mr. Collins is endeavor- 
ing to secure the turn as It is now 
composed for the holiday week, 
when the children have their week's 
vacation, and to play it at that time 
at the Colonial, New York. 

A portion of the performance is 
part revue, many of the kidlets, 
none over 18, doing unannounced 
Imitations. All of the children are 
pupils of a Newark dancing school. 


Yvette Ruget and Savoy ana 

Brennan Cancel Monte 

Carlo Engagement 

Yvette Rugel cancelled an engage- 
ment at the Monte Car!o, a Broad- 
way cabaret, after the Keith office 
had notified her it would cancel the 
balance ot her Keith route if she 
appeared in the restaurant. 

Lew Leslie booked the act for the 
cabaret. Miss Rugel is now playing 
the Keith circuit, and was to have 
doubled into the Monte Carlo along 
with Savoy and Brennan (of "Green- 
wich Village Follies'), who also 
cancelled the restaurant' engage- 

Leslie sent out press matter to 
the dailies which said: "The^ bill 
win also include, by courtesy of 
E. F. Albee of the B. F. Keith book- 
ing oflflce. Miss Yvette Rugel, the 
little prima donna who Just returned 
from a genuine triumph lit London." 

Leslie was summoned by the Keith 
people this week and accused of 
misrepresentation. He has no con- 
nection with the Keith office, but is 
the producer of "Aunt Jemima," an 
act now playing the Keith time. His 
use of the Keith name in connection 
with the cabaret was called to the 
attention of the Keith people by the 
newspaper announcements. 


The annual meeting of the Asso- 
ciation of Vaudeville Artists' Repre- 
sentatives, which comprises about 
100 booking agents who hold fran- 
chises on either the big or the fam- 
ily department floors of the Keith 
Exchange, was held in the rooms of 
the Vaudeville Managers' Protective 
Association Wednesday night. The 
election of ofllcers took place with 
Frank Evans, president; Charles 
Bierbauer, vice-president; E. S. 
Keller, treasurer, and N. E. Man- 
waring, secretary. The Board of Di- 
rectors newly elected comprises 
John Peebles, chairman, and Morris 
Rose, J. Kaufman. H. B. Marinelli 
and Charles Wilshin. 


Tommy Gray, who really is good, 
has gone back to Hollywood, 
Tommy is safe, so they say, if noth- 
ing pops his way. He will be gone 
a long^ while, long enough to get 
the coast style. He's been ihero be- 
fore and knows It all. likes the place 
and does not bawl; rather a nice 
chap, Tommy Gray, and in March he 
will be back this way. 

While on the coast Tommy will 
write, mostly in the day, as he plays 
at night. 


The Pro.'^pect, Brooklyrt, N. Y., 
will have as one of the features of 
next week's first half bill a mixed 
amateur and professional all-lady 
min.strel show, with the circle made 
up of neighborhood aspirants. The 
two ends are held 'down by Ann 
and Marie Clark, and the Interlocu- 
tress is Margie Coate. 

Leon Keimer, house manager -of 
the Prospect arranged the mixed 


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bacon, at 
Edinburgh. Scotland, son. while the 
mother, professionally known as 
Sybil Bncnn. was vif«ltlns her par- 
ents. Mrs. Bacon and child are ex- 
pected by Mr. Bacon to return to 
their Los Angeles home at 1733 N. 
Western avenue, about New Year's. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Lelber (Betty 
Armstrong) Nov. 29, in Chicago, a 

Mr, and Mrs. Herman Phillip.^ at 
Flower I^ospital, New York, Dec. 
2. son. Mr. Phillips is the manager 
Of Keith's, A!hambra«, 


Two More Closing This Week 

— Vaudeville Bills 


At a meeting of the Shuberts and 
the Ai:i Hated < 'cuit producers Dec, 
1 It was decided to close Jack Reid's 
"Carnival of Fun" and Weber A 
Fried lander's "Facts and Figures" 
this week. The Reid show closes at 
the Princess, Toronto, and will be 
replaced. A Shubert straight vaude- 
ville bill plays the house next week. 
"Facts and Figures" will cl^se at 
the Boro Park, Brooklyn. ?* r • 

Straight vaudeville bills to travel 
intact over the Affiliated Circuit will 
open next week at the Chestnut St. 
opera house, Philadelphia, and Em- 
press, St. Louis, making five vaude- 
vill road shows now playing In 
place of units. ^ lii' :?.;■ 

This will leave 18 units playing 
next week. The Aifiliated started 
the season with 30 units, 12 of which 
have closed. The producers who 
remain on the circuit are I. H. Herk 
and E. Thos. Beatty. with four 
units; Weber & Friedlander, two; 
Henry Dixon and L H. Herk, one; 
J. J. A Lee Shubert, three; Max 
Spiegel, two; Marx Bros., Davidow 
.& LeMaire, Joe Gaites, Al Jones and 
Morris Green, Arthur Klein and tlM 
Butler Estate, one each. ■^>' 

According to Arthur Klein, of the 
Shubert vaudeville office staff,' 
straight vaudeville bills will replaco 
any units that may drop out be« 
tween now and the end of the eUf" 
rent season. 


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Pearson, Newport and Pearson Rs« 
fused Demands By Orpheum 

Pearson, Newport and Pearson 
are back on the Orpheum circuit 
following the cancellation of Seattle 
through differences whh the Or- 
pheum people over billing and po- 
sition on the bill. 

The act notified the Orpheum Cir- 
cuit while playing San Francisco it 
#ould not open at Seattle unless 
billing and position were guaran- 

According to the New York Or- 
pheum office, the matter was put up 
to Martin Beck, president of the 
circuit, who wired the act the Or- 
pheum circuit would not guarantee 
billing or position and would ac- 
cept the cancellation. 

The act thereupon, according to 
the Orpheum people, agreed to con- 
tinue their Orpheum route walvinif 
the special perquisites and picking 
up the route, losing the Portland 
date. •• '■■ . '■ ■ •;■ ■•■ • '■..••■.• ,_:.: ■ 



Through the closing of the '*Yan-> 
kee Princess" this week at th«4 
Knickerbocker, vaudeville will again; 
see John T. Murray and Viviajir, 

It may also see from the sameji 
."how, Vivienne Segal, who is re- 
ported as the next vaudeville partt<i 
ner for Harry Carroll, although K.: 
is also said if Edith Day remains 
over here after closing with "Orange. 
Blossoms" Saturday, an Invitation 
to vaudeville will be made to her, 
to appear with Carroll. »,".» 

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Windsor McCay, the cartoonist^ 
opened a new act and idea this week 
and was tentatively booked for the 
Palace, New York, next week. His 
idea is a new one for stage cartoon-" 
ists — animated cartoons. McKay ap^j 
pears personally in the turn. Al'f, 
Wilton is handling the bookings, 
through an arrangement with the* 
Hearst publications. v ' 


Elizabeth Weller (Weller and 
Russell) is confined to St. Bernard's 
hospital, Chicago. She recently 
underwent a serious operation and 
is recovering. 

Mildred Holmes, out of Cooper's 
"P'olly Town" for the last two weeksr 
through Illness, will not rejoin thpj 
cast until after the holidays. ^^ 

Frances Kelly of the Hellen Car?, 
roll Co., fell down the elevator shaft 
of the IXaUey, Brooklyn, two weeica 
ago and was removed to the Bush- 
wick Hospital with a broken spine 
and fractured leg. She Is now con- 
fined at her home 498 Jersey ave., 
Jersey City, where she Is recuperatr; 

Ada Kaufman (Mrs. Carlos Se- 
.bastlan) is confined in the St. 
Mark's hospital, New York, recov- 
ering from a serious operation. 


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Friday, December 8, 1929 ' 



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f/larx Bros, and Krantz and iVhUe Hold 40% of 
**20\h Century Revue"---Sold 60% Back to 
V Former Owner — Equal Control 

•4^16 Twentieth Century Review* 
trlth the Four Marx Bros, starred 
Itnd Krans and White, and Olga 
und Mishka featured a Shubert 
vaudeville unit show at th^ Central, 
New York, this week, It being op- 
erated under the Joint direction of 
the Marx and Krans and White, 
with AI B. White the treasurer of 
the company. 

Clarence Morganstern, one of the 

former owners, is now the company 
manager with the attraction, and 
also interested, the actors having 
resold 60 per cent, of the show to 
Morganstern for $4,000. after hav- 
ing taken the production over from 
l^rganstem and Jimmy O'Neil of 
Chicago. O'Neil In said to have 
sunk 111.000 in the venture, which 
originally started out as a Shu- 
bert unit named "Hollywood Fol- 
lies" under a franchise issued to 
Finklestein A Rubin of Minneap- 

The managerial transformation 
occurred at Worcester. Mass., 
shortly after the reorganization 
unit had opened a second Irip on 
the Shul>ert vaudeville time with 
the Marx Bros, added. Krans and 
White have been with the show 
•Ince It flrst opened. 

When produced under the direc- 
tion of Finklestein & Rubin "The 
Hollywood Follies" is said to have 
had an additional backer, a close 
friend to the members of the firm. 
The Minneapolis men turned over 
the production of the show to Mor- 
ganstern and O'Neil. Morganstern 
had been a small vaudeville booker 
In New York, who was sent to Chi- 
cago by the Shuberts to assume 
charge of a branch office then 
opened out there to represent Shu- 
bert vaudeville. O'Neil had been 
the Pantages' Chicago booking of- 
fice head. 

■ With the original production some 
costumes were rented of a Chicago 
modiste. Maybelle Shearer, at $200 
weekly. After reorganization Miss 
Shearer made a demand for rental 
due, alleging she had been paid 
nothing and that $2,200 had ac- 
cumulated against the show since 
Its first opening eleven weeks be- 
fore, up to the time the unit played 
Boston, week before last. At the 
end of that engagement Miss 
Shearer attached White as treas- 
urer for the amount, but found only 
$618 In the box office of the Ma- 
jestic, Boston. She adjusted the 
claim so the show could move on a 
payment of $500 on account 

It was about at this time that 
Marx and Krans and White resold 
CO per cent of the show to Mor- 
ganstern for $4,000, $2,000 in cash 
and the remainder in debts of the 
company assumed by the purchaser. 
Previously, and while the show 
was playing Worcester, the Marx 
boys and Kranz and White demand- 
ed the show be turned over to them, 
on the ground White had advanced 
up to that time $5,000 in re-equip- 
plng the show; also that the Marx 
Bros, demanded the transfer under 
pain of possibly departing. It is 
said White informed the affiliated 
offiecs in New York of the intended 
procedure, to which the affiliated 
agreed, it having cancelled the 
franchise granted to Finklestein & 

Morganstern and O'Neil are re- 
ported to have decided the show 
should be turned over to the ac- 
tors, and It traveled In that way 
until the Shearer attachment 
brought up a question as to respon- 
sibility. At .this Juncture Morgan- 
stern iH said to have reappeared and 
accepted the suggestion he buy 
back Into the 'production, but White 
insisted that of Morganstern's 60 
per cent, of stock In the operating 
corporation, 10 per cert, would have 
to be depositcfl In escrow in order 
— that neither side could have con- 

It Is aald there Is another In- 
terested party, financially. In the 
Rhow, an unknown person, not a 
showman, and who lives In Chlcafjo. 
The Marxes joined the unit after 
It had been called in by the Chi- 
cagoana and was about to be aban- 
dored. It Is reported to have done 
some business since restarting, 


claiming $7,600 at Boston, with 
$4,509 for the Hartford split weeU. 
and believes it will go over $10,000 
at the Central this week. It opened 
there Monday to $1,000 on the day 
and had a sell-out Tuesday night. 
through a club having purchased 
the house. 


Penny Throwers Ruined His 

Imitation — Show Business 

Getting Worster 


Loew's Coast Pieture Houses Uaing 
Dancing Feature Turn 

If you look at the above picture 
carefully you will have no trouble in 
recognizing a banjo player and a 
man of great honest, . One to be 
tru.sted with bananas. It is Al Fox, 
my co-worker and playmate. In ap- 
preciation of his sterling qualities, 
this public testimonial is inserted. 



Bessie Clayton and Co. have been 
signed by the Loew circuit to play 
six weeks on the coast in the Loew 
picture houses, Including those at 
San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

The Clayton turn will include 
the Glorias and James demons. It 
la understood ah orchestra will be 
recruited west to go into the act 

Miss Clayton may remain two 
weeks at each of the Loew houses 
designated, playing the dates In 
conjunction with the feature picture 
and being the only vaudeville act on 
the bill. 

She opens in San Francisco, Dec. 
17. The original booking is for six 
weeks, but she may be continued in- 
definitely. According to report, the 
act will receive $1,760 weekly. 


UNDER namous name 

"Ol Mir! OI Mir!" grunted the 
very versatile Great and only Sir 
Joseph OInzburg as he burled his 
worried physog in a monster crum 
cake, having completed the opera- 
tion of ducking it In a saucer of 

steaming coffee at Freeman's eat- 

"It's no use. its no use. this show 
business is getting worster and 
worster every day. To think that 
me, the Great Sir Joseph Ginzburg. 
who has entertained the fine ladies 
and rich gentlemens should have 
such achlimossel as to appear before 
such bummers and low llfes what 
throw pennies to me on the floor 
while I am imitating Sir Harry 
Lauder, ober he is a Scotch Sir, but 
not a Great like me," 

"You «ee," continued Sir Joe as 
he shoved the remainder of the 
crum cake down his throat, "it's my 
trouble that I got such a good 
heart. I like mine work because it 
is mine art. Here there is some 
rich kibetzcrg around here who now 
want to star me In mine own pic- 
ture — From a Stable to the Winter 
Garden — but my friend Willie How- 
ard told me to hold out for more 
money and I holded out until this 
kibetzer gets cold feet and decided 
he will star somebody else, maybe 
Ben Schaeffer ober Dave Clarke. 

"Now there is a birthday party 
or maybe it's not that kind of a 
party, but anyhow they give a 
party to Willie Howard because he 
is leaving the Winter Garden for 
the road. They want to give Willie 
a good supper ober he don't need it 
or not, so they ask me to make my 
speeches and entertain the people 
who are at this party. I get all 
mine medals, my new derby hat 
and my royal clothea all ready and 
the flrst thing you know, somebody 
throws a Quarter at me. Quarters 
I don't mind or half dollars or even 
dimes and nickels, but when those 
low llfes start to throw me pennies, 
it's not right that I should have to 
stop singing*to pick them up. ober 
If I don't snatch them right up 
quick, those waiters will take them 
and I'm the loser. I would like It 
put In Vai iety that when the Great 
Sir Joseph entertains, no one should 
throw him pennies, ober they should 
save the pennies until they get five 
and then tkrow a nickel at me. 

"From now on no more engage- 
ments I take unless that arrange- 
ments Is made, that no one can 
throw less than a nickel, ober I stop 
flinging and walk right out on the 
party if they do." 


Danny Watker Sues Dave 

Kramer — Both with ''Spice 

of Life'* Unit 

Producers Leaving Unit Time 

Financially Tight— May 

Place Acts 


Fay Kesselman was granted an 
interlocutory decree of divorce 
against William R. Kosselman by 
.Judge Faber of the Supreme Court, 
Kings county. N. Y., last week. The 
suit was uncontested. 

The husband Is professionally 
known as Castle and is of Castle 
and Robblns, vaudeville producer.*?. 
I Alimony of $20 weekly was award- 
ed the wife and the custody ,vL •! 
nve-year-ol ddaughter. 

Henry R. Rosenberg repre.scntct" 
thc complainant. 


Frances White will be an add"' 
attraction at the Central, New Ynrk 
for the Shubert unit show tlr.M-. 
week of Dee. II. 

Affiliated Circuit producers who 
are being forced to close units on 
account of financial difncultlei are 
faced with a problein with regard to 
acts holding pay or play contracts. 

Most of the unit producers had to 
guarantee the acts 20 or more 
weeks when casting the units. These 
contracts are still In force, forcing 
the unit producers to unload or 
stand liable for the amount of the 
contracts, ' ." v 

The straight vaudeville policy of 
the Shuberts Is a separate hooking 
agreement and doesn't relieve the 
producer of any responsibility un- 
less the act voluntarily waives 

It Is understood that "The Rose 
Girl," one of the Shuberts' own 
units, reopened last week to take 
care of the pay or play contracts 
the Messrs. Shubert had Issued to 
members of the original unit and 

As most of the retired producers 
are in straitened circumstances, 
their only salvation seems to be the 
independent vaudeville circuits and 
burlesque. This week several unit 
comedians were reported as having 
signed with burlesque attractions 
of the Mutual and Columbia cir- 
cuits. :■-■' '■•■ '■;..'■ ,'•'■. 


Finley and Swift have joined the 
Calvert and Shayne act. 

John Swor and Frank Conroy 
(Conroy and Le Maire). 

Andy Taylor (Taylor and Ia 
Claire), assisted by a girl partner, 
in new two -act. 

"Eight Spades," colored revue, 
five women, three men. 

Eddie Vogt and Frank Hurst, 
two-act (Hurst's former partner. 
Connie O'Donnell. is temporarily in 
a Denver sanitarium). 

Al Bernard, phonograph singer, 
and Frank Bridges, last of the 
"Parsing Show." 

"The Birthday Party," with ten 

"The Elevator Boy," recast, with 
llarxy Francis, Jake Dowel and 
Blanche Allen. M. Thor is prepar- 
ing an act wtih five people and 
four .special scenes featuring Lillian 

"The Bachelor Girls," five people. 

Ferris and Armand, two men. 

RoRs Boys, singing and dancing. 

Sid Loyd and Dixie Onell, two- 

Master Gabriel and company. In 
"Captain Kiddo," deep-sea farce, 
with 8i>cclal setting. 

"JugRling With Shakespeare" with 
.Moiia Morgan. , 

"Delafour Twins, In musical revue 

William Courtney will shortly en- 
;er vaudeville witli a Hketoh. Ho h- 
;it i)reHent appearing in "Her Tcni 
porary Husband." 

Audrey Maple and Joseph Michel 
Daley, two -act. 

Jerry Jarnagln will hereafter be 
ho piano accc>inpanist for Irene 

Danny Walker and Dave Krqpner 
(Kramer and Boyle), both members 
of the "Spice of Life" Shubert unit, 
had an altercation backstage of the 
Central, New York, one recent aft- 
ernoon. Reports of the encounter 
were heard along Broadway, fol- 
lowed with the descrlptton of how 
Walker was corporally chastised by 

The matter has finally reached the 
courts. Walker is asking for $2,000 
damages from Kramer to reimburse 
him because he "suffered great 
mental and bodily pain and anguish; 
his feelings and sensibilities wore 
poignantly humiliated; ho ruffcred 
keenly from nervous shock and 
alarm" as a result of the flsticufT 
battle wherein the "defendant pub- 
licly, vindictively, maliciously and 
brutally struck and asHaulted" Wal- 
ker, according to the latter's alle- 
gations In the formal complaint. 
The injuries are listed as two black 
eyes and sundry contusions, with 
the right optic severely damaged, 
leaving a permanent scar. 

Kramer generally denied all alle- 
gations through his attorneys. Davis 
& Davis, his separate defense being 
Walker attacked him with a chair 
and that he struck back in ' self- 
defense. • 

Impartial reports of the backstage 
battle has It that Kramer playfully 
stuck out a leg In Walker's path. 
The latter took offense, and the war 
waa on. 


A report during the week said that 
last Friday night at a meeting of 
the Shubert vaudeville circuit some 
money was raised in some manner 
and turned over .to the Affiliated 
Theatres Corporation, the Shubert 
vaudeville circuit's operator. 

It was admitted by one of the 
men Interested this week money 
had been raised and turned over, but 
the means employed and the amount 
were withheld. f , 

Played Trial Performance for 

Nothing — Pleased Eddie 

Hayman at Kedzie, Chi. 

Chicago, Dec. C. 

The standing of the Portia 8is« . 

terfl in showdom is believed to hav« 
been established once and for alL 

If this is true it will remove a 
matter of controversy covering a 
long period and will settle a ques- 
tion on which different authorities 
have been widely at variance. 

It will bring a satisfied smile to // 
the countenance of B. Verheyden. 
husband of one of the Portia Sis- 
ters, and manager of the act for 
many years. 

It came about this way. 

The Portia Sisters hav* been 
playing with some sort of a tour- 
ing organization in the west and 
decided that they did not care to 
attempt a long Jump from Tulsa, 
Okla., to Seattle. Wash., and so gave 
In their notice and closed. 

El. Verheyden attempted to book 
them but without succesa 

So the young women themselvea. 
hearing that Eddie Hayman, one of 
the owners of the Kedale, Chicago* 
personally superintends the booking 
of that house applied for work un- . 
der the name of "Oladjrs and 
Venus". Mr. Hayman ecplained 
the Kedsie audience had had TMide- 
vllle for years and was not satis- 
fied with anything else thaar the 
best of the material seen In the best 
small time. The young ladles In* 
sisted they were confident of their 
ability to please and finally agreed 
to play at the K^dzls at the matinee 
last Friday, without salary but with 
the understanding If Mr. Hayman 
considered them "good" hs would 
book them In at ths thsatre the 
firit half of next week. It is possi- 
ble a concession in salary was made. 
Mr. Hayman was Interested, the act 
gave the trial matinee performance, 
was classed as "okeh" and booked 
for the period opening next Mon- 

It did not leak out until early this 
week that "Gladys and Venus" were 
the Portia Sisters, reported by the 
Western Vaudeville Managers' As- 
sociation authorities as "not up to 
the standard". 

The test which the act underwent 
In showing free and under a new 
name Is taken by B. Verheyden as 
a most fair one, since ths bookei 
who passed on the act has had loni 
experience. Is Interested In the fi- 
nancial success of ths theatre, and , 
could not very well give the "okeh" 
to an inferior act. 

Bddle Hayman started In show 
business as oflAce boy for Martin 
Beck, when Mr. Beck booked ths 
Orpheum Circuit, later became his' 
stenographer and private secretary, 
and for many years had the most 
important set of routing boQks in 
the Association. ' 

Academy, Bsltc, Temporarily Closes " 

Baltimore, Dec. 6. 
The Academy, playing Shubert 
unit shows, will close until Christ- 
mas, when It Is reported the Shu- 
berts win resume with straight 


Her flrst t>ox lunch nn loration maWng "MIND OVER MOTOR.* 
directed by WARD LASCELLP. . , ,^, ^. 

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Friday, December 8, 1928 



Meet to Rescind Former Ac- 
tion—Noodles Fagan on 
Discovery Tour 


Association's Bookings May 


Chicago. Doc. 6. 

The independent agents who held 
a meeting here and drafted a 
"round robin" -to Alexander Pant- 
ages, complaining of Charles E. 
Hodklns aa personal representative 
of Pantages. last Saturday held an- 
other meeting, at which It was de- 
cided to retract aa far aa possible 
the action taken. 

It seems the first meeting was 
hardly history until one of the 
agencies present had taken a booker 
In the Chicago Pantages office into 
hia confidence. The matter came 
to the knowledge of Mr. Hodklns by 
thia meana. He at first ridiculed it 
as "gossip'^ but Friday the letter 
reached Mr. Hodklns. 

The indictment of Mr. Hodkins by 
the agents had been softened, it 
appears, in later attempts to put it 
in readable form but it served to 
alarm Hodklns who immediately 
found business calling him to To- 
ledo. Detroit, Indianapolis and other 
points where Pantages bookings are 

Meanwhile "Noodles'* Fagan, 
whose position in the Pantages Cir- 
cuit is not printed on the letter- 
heads, arrived here and finding no 
one at the Chicago Pantages 
office at 10:30 Saturday morning felt 
called upon to wire Mr. Pantages 
to that effect, it is said Fagan was 
considerate enough to take the 
telegram to an office himself and 
not send it from the local Pantages 
office. Mr. Fagan expresses him- 
self aa quite dissatisfied with the 
way in which Mr. Hodkins is hand- 
ling Pantages affairs. 

The independent agents will have 
another meeting Saturday, and un- 
less some satisfaction is obtained 
from Alexander Pantages it has been 
decided that none of the agents will 
call at the office or phone regarding 
acts, and should the local Pantages 
office call the agents regarding acts 
the answer will be that the ;-ct8 are 
"booked." Harry Beaumont has his 
Ascher houses booked up until early 
January for emergency sake. The 
time set for the boycott starts Dec. 

*.*harles E. Hodklns is quoted as 
KAying that the Chicago Pantages 
office has not booked any acts 
through agents recently, and that 
when acts of a certain nature were 
Bought and the desire made known 
to the agents none of them had ma- 
terial anything like desirable. He 
takes the position that the inde- 
pendent agents will not be missed 
by Pantages. 

Chicago, Dec. 6. 

A secretively managed meeting of 
the board of directors of the Or- 
pheum Circuit is In progress at its 
offices here, with Martin Beck pre- 
siding. Indications are that another 
meeting will be held in January and 
that a common stock dividend will 
then be declared. 

Other obtainable Information Indi- 
cates that some more of the house 
policies will be revised. A propoal- 
tlon la being thrashed out on a plan 
to extend the Western Vaudeville 
Managers' Association bookings to 
the coast, with 20 weeks in 23 said 
to be already lined up, at an initial 
cost of around $30,000 for the exten- 
sion. This would bring it In active 
competition with the Ackerman and 
Harris and Bert Levey circuits. It 
could also serve as a feeder to the 
two Orpheura, Jr.. bouses on the 
coast and pay profit in Itaelf on the 
5 per cent, commiaalona. 

Opening a W. V. M. A- office In 
St. Louis to handle the southwest 
territory is under consideration. 

It waa decided to fix up aeveral of 
the theatres. Including an expenalve 
cooling plants In New Orleans, for 
an effortTaT atay open all aummer. 
The purchase of a new site in 
Omaha is under debate. 


The Grand opera house, Hartford. 
Conn., will not play the Shubert 
unit shows for two weeks, begin- 
ning Dec. 11. The Hartford bouse 
will return to the Shubert unit 
booking Dec. 25 (Christmaa day), 
playing "Main Street Follies" a full 
week instead of the usiial three-day 
engagement. The following week. 
New Year's week, may also have a 
Shubert unit show. 

At the Affiliated ofllcea It was 
said the removal of Hartford out of 
the route for two weeks was be- 
cause of bad pre-holiday conditions 
expected to prevail. 

Hartford may have a vaudeville 
show booked by the Shubert ofllce 
fof the two weeks it is off the units, 
but up to the middle of the week it 
looked as If the house would be 
dark, until it reopens with the units, 
with the possibility of legitirnate 
bookings filling in the two vacant 
weeks as still another contingency. 



C. B. Maddock's "THE SPEEDERS'* 

Keith's Jefferson, New York, Now. 

Keith's Franklin and Proapect, 

Week of Dee. 11. 





William Raymond Sill, presa 
agent, dramatic editor, war corre- 
spondent and all round good fellow, 
died Dec. 1 at hia home. Sill'a Hotel. 
Broadway. Flushing. L. L Bervices 
were held at CampbeH'a under the 
auaplces of the Friars' Club, of 
which be waa one of the foundera. 
Sunday, and the burial took place 
Monday at Spring Grove cemetery, 
Hartford, Conn, his native town. 

"Billy" Sil>. as he was affection- 
ately known to a host of frlenda. 
waa BS years of age, having been 
bom in Hartford Sept. SO, 18C9. He 



Canton, O., Dec. 6. 

That another vaudeville and pic- 
ture theatre is in prospect for thi.s 
city became known when it was 
learned that Cleveland interests are 
arranging to complete the financing 
of the local Hippodrome project, 
was instigated just before the coun- 
try entered the war. The theatre, 
when completed, will hav^u a seat- 
ing capacity of 3.200 and la to be 
leased to Loew's Ohio Theatres, Inc. 

This report follows th« an- 
nouncement that the B. F. Keith 
interests would start the erection of 
an $8&0,000 vaudeville theatre, to be 
situated on South High street. 

The site for the new Hip is on 
South Main street, directly across 
from the Ohio building. 


Chicago, Dec. 6. 

Burt Cortelyou may be ruled off 
the floor of the Western Vaudeville 
Managers' Association and Keith's 
western office, it is reported. The 
complaint is that he is not devot- 
ing enough time to h' i business. 

There has been complaints against 
Cortelyou every once in awhile for 
some time for not attending to his 
agency business. 

8 ACTS FOR 10c 

The Strand, Hoboken, N. J.. Is 
expanding its vaudeville program 
to eight acts on each split, with the 
feature picture retained. Its scale 
will remain unchanged, 10 cents at 
matinees and 3fc, nights. 

Bill McCaffrey of the Keith office, 
who books the house, splits it with 
the Rita, Jersey City, where the un- 
changed policy Is six acta and pic- 


San Francisco, Dec. •. 

Beginning next week the Oakland 
Orpheum goea to popular prices 
with a continuous policy, although 
two shows a day. 

The house will play from one to 
five in the afternoons and from 
seven to eleven in the evening. 

The same policy in force at the 
Orpheum Junior house. Golden 
(jate. San Francisco, will bo adopt- 
ed In Oakland. Saturdays and Sun- 
days, when three perfonnances will 
be given. 

10 Acta Helped Colonial 

Business at the Colonial, New 
York, took a decided jump last 
week with the ten-act bill booked 
by Johnny Collins. 

The idea of playing the Four Mor- 
ton's on the same bill with Gordon 
Dooley and Martha Morton and the 
subsequent clowning and ad libblng 
that ensued, waa followed out this 
week at the Palace, New York. 

The new theatre at Freeport, L, I., 
located at Olive boulevard and 
Henry atreet, o:>ened Thanksgiving 
night with a five-act vaudevlll9 bill. 
Jack Norworth headlining, and a 
feature picture. The house is hav- 
ing ita vaudeville blUa booked by 
Doc Breed of the Keith offices. 

With the opening the policy was 
announced aa picturea and vaude- 
ville, with picturea to be played the 
first half and vaudeville the latter 
half. With the ending of the first 
week the policy was switched and 
vaudeville is to be played for the 
full seven days, with three bills 
given. The first will play Monday, 
Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning 
next week; the second, Thursday, 
BYiday and Saturday, and a new 
show for Sunday. A, feature picture 
will be played in conjunction. 

The house, financed to a certain 
extent by local capital, is a beauti- 
ful structure, said to have cost |375,- 
000. It has a seating capacity of 
2,016, with the active management 
in the hands of Major Rasmussin. 
while Manager Slmones runs the 
house. The rental overhead on the 
theatre is In the neighborhood of 
$25,000 annually. 

At present the prices are 36-55-76 
at all performance.**. Business the 
last half of last week waa very good, 
but with the beginning of the cur- 
rent week, with nothing but straight 
pictures at the same scale of admis- 
sion for both the matinee and night 
performances, found the house doing 
a gross of around $250 a day. This 
evidently brought the decision to 
ch.ange policy and include vaudeviUo 
every day. 

The opening bill had Krlck Phillip 
and Co., Handers and Mlllis, Robert 
Reilly and Co., Jack Norworth and 
La Bernicla and the* Cosmopolitan 
production "The Pride, of Palomar." 
A l&-piece orch«:btra was in the pit 
for the opening, but this number cf 
musicians is to be reduced some- 
what for the regular shows. 

There Is a stage that is SI feet in 
depth, 88 feet in width and with a 
height of 70 feet. A special three- 
tier dressing room adjunct is built 
on the stage. 





waa the son of former Lieut.-Gov. 
George Grlswold SlU and Mary 
Preston Sill. He served his early 
apprenticeship in newspaper work 
on the "Courant" and "Post" In 
Hartford, aa a co-worker with 
Charlea B. Dillingham and Bruce 
Bdwarda, a friendship they formed 
that endured through all of the 
years. One of Sill's last requests 
was It be made certain his two old 
pals be certain to be present when 
his last journey started. 

Sill came to New York in the 
early '90's and went on the repor- 
torial staff of the "Recorder," which 
afterward was taken over by Wm. 
Randolph Hearst and renamed the 
"Kvening Journa*!," and It waa in 
the capacity of war correspondent 
that he served that publication dur- 
ing the Spanish-American War in 
Cuba. He was on board the U. 8. S. 
"Brooklyn" with Rear Admiral 
Schley at the battle of S.intiago. 
Later he became dramatic editor of 
the New York "World' 'and from 
that went to the "Telegraph." 

Leaving newapaper work he went 

Inttmatea, at tli« Globe theatre. New 
York, and a trust fund was eatab* 
llshed. directed by the late Rcnnold 
Wolf, Bruce Edwards and Henry I* 
Young. On the death of Wolf, John 
Peter Toohey waa appointed as 
trustee In hia atead. ^ '; 

At the time of hia death Bill was 
conducting Sill'f Hotel. Fluahing, 
and the place waa a rendezvous for 
numeroua theatrical folk realdlng in 
that aection of Long laland. 

The funeral aervlcea on Sunday 
were conducted by the Friars with 
the Rev. Dr. Smyth, of Hartsdale. 
N. T., offering player, after beioc 
introduced by Wells Hawka Fol- 
lowing Frederick E. Goldsmith, at- 
torney and Paat £bcalted Rufer of 
B. P. O. K No. 1 apoke on eidogy, 
with John Pollock apeaklng of Sill 
and his activltlea in theatricals, 
while Wells Hawks recounted bis 
newapaper career. 

Francea Hanlon Bill, his wife, a 
daughter, Rosemary Sill Murphy, 
and Mrs. Hubert Wood, of New 
York, a slater, survive. At the time 
of her father's death Rosemary Sill 
had be«n recaHed frona the caat of 
"Th« Ltitttle Kangaroo" to be pres- 
ent at hia bedaide. 


Mietch Mykoff, aged 40. died early 
Dec. 6 at the Rhode laland Hoapital. 
Providence, following an abdominal 
operation. The deceased appeared 
last week in vaudeville at the ESmery 
theatre. Providence. Becoming sud- 
denly ill Thankagivlng Day, he was 
removed to the hoapital. 

He was the leader of the Mykoff 





vVho wont to Heaven Nov. a2d. 152J. 




NOVEMBER SOtb. 1922. 





and Vanity Revue, and had pre- 
viously appeared for some years in 
vaudeville and productlona with 
Mykoff and Vanity, tlie dancers. 


The Keith office appears to have 
started booking for next season 
earlier than usual this year, a cou- 
ple of routes or so already having 
been allotted for 23-24. 

Among the first to be boolted for 
next season la Willie Rolli^. the for- 
eign roller akating turn. Rolls was 
given a 40 week route. The Marin- 
elli oifice arranged it. 


Chicago, Dec. 6. 
Sam ThttU, the veteran router and 
general factotum for the Orphtum 
ottlce, as weil as its traffic expert, 
was painfully injured in an automo- 
bile accident. He is at St. Luke's 

The father of Adelaide Boll dl 1 
Nov. 25 at his home at Providence, 
R. I. 


Newark, N. J.. Doc. 6. 
ManaKcr Goldlng la goinj: strong 
on locals at the Palace. Next week 
ho will present the "Maid in New- 
ark Review" consisting of 40 local 
people; Dec. 18, the community 
picture, also made in Newark, and 
now namrd "The Sacrifice". 


Capt. George Auger, known as the 
Cardiff Giant, died Nov. 30 at his 
home at 164 Manhattan avenue. New 
York city. He was 39 years of age 
and born in Cardiff, Wales. I'e was 
more than 6 feet tall at 14 years of 
age. At the time of hia death he 
was 8 feet 4 Inches tall and weighed 
360 pounda. He had been a London 
"bobble" and later served in the 
English marines. He had been with 
the Ringing circus for nine years as 
a aide show attraction. A few weeks 
ago he had signed a contract to ap- 
pear with Harold Lloyd in pictures 
following the conclusion of his pre- 
holiday engagement In one of New 
York'a department stores In the toy 
department for the holiday trade. 
He waa buried at Woodlawn Ceme- 
tery on Dec. 3. 


Charles W. Keogh, a brother 6t 
William T. Keogh. who owns a 
couple of the New York Loew the- 
atres, died Nov. 23 at the home of 
hia sister, Ida F. Keogh, in Brook- 
lyn. Interment was in Charleston, 
S. C, hia borne town. Mr. Keogh 
was born 60 years ago and managed 
the Charleaton Academy of Musio 
for a time, later assuming charge 
of some of his brother's attractlona. 
Three brothers and a sister survive. 

Dempsey Booking Keith'St Toledo 
Jack Dempsey has been asaignctl 
the booklni; of Keith s Toledo in the 
Keith office. The house was booked 
by Arthur Blondell. 

Andrew McLean, 74. died at hi<* 
home In Brooklyn Dec. 4 of pneu- 
monia. He was editor-in-chief of 
the Brooklyn "Citizen" at the time 
of his death and formerly contrib- 
uted to the atage as a dramatic 
author. He was city editor of the 
Brooklyn "Eagle" when only 24 
years old. 

with Weber and Fields at their old 
Music Hall aa publicity man and 
thus started an association that 
lasted for 18 years, going with Lew 
Fields when the partnership be- 
tween the two comedians dissolved, 
and Fields took over tha Broadway 
theatre for a aeriea of aummer 

With the opening of Keith's 
Palace. New York, Sill was appoint- 
ed first publicity agent for the house 
and later went to the Century, when 
Ned Wayburn took over that house 
for "Town Topics." Later he was 
associated with various manage- 
ments In the capacity of advance 
man, especially Dillingham and 
George Tyler. It was with the lat- 
ter'a production of "Bab" that he 
was taken ill in Boston about four 
years ago. This illness necessitated 
the amputation of his left leg after 
he had been removed to New York. 

It was shortly after this that a 
monster testmonial benefit was ar- 
ranged by a group of his friends and 


Eugene Schuler, professlonalTy 
known as Eugene Mack, was in- 
stantly killed when hit by a large 
motor truck laat week. Schuler, 
connected with burlesque for over 
40 years, waa 65 years old. He was 
working aa a dishwasher in the 
Flatbuah (Brooklyn) cafeteria at 
the time of hia death. 

William Frenette. acrobat, died 
of heart's disease Nov. 27. while 


Georgie Westbrook Swor 

Wbo D«part«d Thl8 lAtm 

December Cth. 1921. 

Oon« B«t N«v0r t« B« lfiorv«it«n by 


standing in the wings of the Kishle 
Hall, Cateract, N. J., and waiting 
to go on with his partner, William 
Richmond. The deceased waa 
buried from bis home In Provl-' 
dence. R I. 

The father of Ruth Wilkps Her- 
man (P>potti and Herman) died No- 
vember 8 at Braiesvillc, IIL 



Georgia Westbrook Swor 

Who PaaMd Thl« Bftrth 
December <lh, 1921 ~ 

iiunhy June or gay December, 

When I inune upon tho past, 
There Is one whom I rememb*T 

First, and In-hetwren and la»t, 
ThouRh I'm proud to rail her Ijcorgla 

And a wife mighty flno, 
()l<i-tlm« menioriea fondly llet her 

Aa * seod old chuiu of mine. 





Th« mother, aged S4, of Charlea 
De Haven (De Haven and Nice) 
died at the Mayo Brothers hospi- 
tal, Rochester, Minn.. I^ov. 22, after 
treatment for Hotchkiss disease. 
Mrs. De Haven lived in New York. 

Drueker died 
Wyckoff Heights Hospital. Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., Dec. 4, after a long ill- 
ners. The deceased was 29 years 
old and the wife of Jack Drueker, 
the theatrical newspaper man. 

Mrs. Josephine Preston Peabody 
Marks, poetess and playwright, 
died at her home In Canibr dge, 
Mass,. December 4. Sho had been 
11) for aeveral months. 

Friday, December 8, 1922 




■ I 


John Jermon Buys Out S. W. Manheim — Four Shows 
and Two Theatres Involved — ^May Be Future 
No. 2 Burlesque Wheel * ' " ^ 

; ^ John Jermon (Jacoba ft Jermon), 
Columbia burleaqutt circuit pro- 
ducer and a member of the board 
of directors of the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Co.. has purchased the Mutual 

burlesque circuit holdings of 8. W. 
Ifanheim (Manhelm St Vail), con- 
•IstlnT of four Mutual attractionn 
and leases of the Band Box (old 
Priscilla) and Ehnpire. Cleveland, 
now on the Mutual circuit. 

The transaction involved $14,000 
according to information and prac- 
tically removes the Mutual as a fu- 
ture competitor of the Columbia 
burlesque circuit. It is understood 
Jermon'8 holdings together with 
Billy Vail's constitute control of the 
Mutual circuit. 

Vail becomes, a partner of Jer- 

mon's In the Mutual. Previously it 

was tacitly understood Jermon was 

.associated with Vail and a s lent 

partner in his Mutual holdings. 

Jermon ic Vail will operate 
••Laughin' Through." "Band Box 
Revue." "Jazitlme Revue" and the 
Pat White Show on the Mutual 

Rumors have ben rife recent'y 
that the Mutual heads were being 
approached by former Columbia 
and American circuit producers j 
with propositions to expand and in- 
clude the recent Shubert unit pro- 
duoers from burlesque. Jermon's 
entrance into Mutual affairs will 
remove the menace of opposition to 
the Columbia circuit and at the 
same time give the Columbia nu- 
cleus of a No. 2 wheel, something 
It has not had sfnce the American 
burlesque circuit ceased function- 
ing. ■■,■•",/■■/. :^t.--. . .-:, 


Burlesque Men Say No Room 

for Deserters — Future 


More ''Good Weeks" Than Be- 
fore This Season — Bad 
Monday and Good Friday 


Shank of Indianapolis Talks 

Back in Church Federation 

Row Over B'way Theatre 

Indianapolis. Dec. t. 

The war between the Church 
Federation of Indianapolis and Ed 
Sullivan and his Broadway bur- 
lesque theatre gave promise of fad- 
ing out into an equally merry en- 
counter between the federation and 
Mayor Shank. 

For a month the church federa- 
tion has been dogging the police 
about the Broadway.. In person, by 
letter and by telephone, the Rev. 
C. H. Winders, executive secretary, 
has Importuned Chief of Police 
Herman F. Rlkhoflt about the 

Time after time Rlkhoft has sent 
policemen, and each time they re- 
ported nothing to warrant action. 

Then the federation broke out 
afresh and then Mayor Shank got 

"We'vo sent the police down 
there in relays and the worst they 
ever found was occasional use of 
the word.s "heir and 'damn'," said 
Shank. "We're got going to pay 
any attention to further complaints 
from the church federation. If 
they'll file affidavits, we'll make ar- 
rests. We'll have to. Otherwise we 

"Most people who go to a bur- 
lesque show expect to hear a little 
spice, but they're even disappoint- 
ing them in that In this instance. 

"I remember when I was a young- 
ster and used to sit in the gallery 
over at the old Empire I wa.s sore 
and wanted my money back if I 
didn't hoar some crack." 

And there the matter stands. 

At the offices of the Columbia 
Amusement Co. in New York this 
week it was frankly stated the cir- 
cuit could not see its way clear to 
provide room for former Shubert 
vaudeville unit producers who have 
ended the.'r tour on that circuit and 

would now like to return to bur- 
lesque, which Held, the Columbians 
say, they deserted. 

"We have no room for deserters," 
said one of the Columbia executives, 
at the same time expressing his 
private regrets for a couple of for- 
mer burlesque managers who tried 
the unit system. "Nor do wo see 
why room should be made for them 
here," the Columbian added. "One 
of the unit producers sent us word 
after clos ng his unit that he would 
hold the shOA' intact for a few days 
in case we concluded to permit him 
to return. Wc sent back word to 
him not to hold the show together 
waiting for any action by us. as 
none would be taken." 

The Columbian executive, how- 
ever, admitted that there are three 
or four Columbia wheel shows to 
undergo a second inspection by the 
Columbia censors, after having been 
instructed to repair following the 
first scrutiny. If any of these shows 
were to be eliminated from •the 
wheel there would be vacancies, but 
how such vacancies might be filled 
the Columbian would not state. 
Neither would he say whether the 
Columbia Co. would increase the 
present range oft the wheel to 38 
shows and weeks. At present the 
Columbia has 37 attractions and 3R 
weeks, leaving an open week. An- 
other open week waa prevented 
through the reorganized "Rockets" 
show filling in for the Sam Howe 
show that closed under orders on 
the Columbia wheel Saturday. 

Asked if Barney Gerard, a former 
unit producer, had applied for a Co- 
lumbia franchise, the Columbian 
stated they had not heard from Ge- 
rard, and added that Gerard never 
produced under his personal fran- 
chise on the wheel, although fre- 
quently having requested one. Ge- 
rard, when with the Columbia, pro- 
duced In association with the Miner 
Estate. It Is understood that was 
the reason Gerard did not receive a 
Columbia franchise of his own, "to 
protect the Miners,** as the custom 
Is understood In burlesque. 



Business took a big leap all over 

the Columbia Circuit last week, the 

average gross being the biggest 

since New Tear's week, 1922, the 
opening week of the year. The 
Thanksgiving Day holiday In some 
instances did not help to swell the 
Columbia totals as much as the 
business of the following day (Fri- 
day). A possible cxnlanatlon may 
have been that in some cities the 
natives decided to make it a two- 
day celebration. 

Another angle of last week's bus- 
iness on the Columbia was that 
Monday was the worst opening day 
of the current season. Why the 
worst opening day and Friday, the 
best Friday of the week, even the 
burlesque men cannot explain. That 
business becomes freaky at timed 
for no apparent reason, was a'>out 
as^ear as most burlesque people in 
the know could get to it. 

There were more $9,000 we^s last 
week than any of the season. 
"Youthful Follies." Gayety. St. 
Louis, and "Giggles." Gayety. Pitts- 
burgh, b^^th doing around that 
figure or better. Another surprise 
gross was that rolled up by New- 
burgh, N. Y., with "Town Scandals" 
doing $4,000 the last three days of 
the week. > 

Hurtig Sc Be am on 's Kew York 
with "Social Maida" did $8,700 the 
house adding an extra midnight per- 
formance, following the night show 
Thanksgiving. The extra Thanks- 
giving show experiment did not 
turn out satisfactorily. BYIdoy with 
two shows did much better pro- 

The Columbia, New York, got 
$8,000 last week with "Knlck 
Knicks." This was a jump of about 
$900 over the previous week (Mollle 
Williams show). — 

"Maids of America" at the Empire, 
Newark, N. J., last week did $7,300, 
about $1,000 better than tKe Empire 
did on the corresponding week last 

"Follies of the Day" last week at 
Toronto, did $6,800; "Slop Lively 
Girls" at Star and Garter, Chicago, 
grossed approximately $7,500, and 
"Mimic World" did $7,200 at Detroit. 
The Gayety. no.«jton. had a banner 
week with the "Rig Wonder Show," 
doing about $8,600. The Casino. 
Boston, with Sam Howe's show, 
which closed following the engage- 
ment there, did $6,800. 

Faterson. N. J., with "Hello Good 
Times" did $6,000, considered a good 
week for Paterson. 



Bum Ocorcc 8tpn<> 

Bud Sawywr .....* BilTr Baker 

I.udwls KmuM Sam Wright 

Lena Bllnsre Wllnon 

Hilly Swift Itllly Qaaton 

Trixle Marie Hart 

Cutie lluse DaMin 

Aiphonoo Dudley Karnawort h 

OolUe BtU l*lllard 

For unadulterated ftlth. crass 
blat:int vulgarity and offenaiveneas, 
the "Social Maids," at the Colum- 
bia this week, wins the brown 
derby. How this "turkey" ever col 
past the Columbia otncialM or who- 
ever is sup|)osed to remove the 
smut, double entendre and other 
objectionable bits from the attrac- 
tions is a mystery. 

Not long ago Variety published 
a story lo the effect that the lid 
was ott at the Columbia. Sam 
Scribner. the general manager of 
the Columbia Circuit, saw fit to 
deny the story, explaining the lid 
was not otr and that the Columbia 
allowed bare legs because the mu- 
sical comedies and other shows on 
Broadway had been doing it for 
seasons. This Is true as far as it 
went, but the Columbia Circuit has 
not only taken the lid ofC for the 
current attraction; they have 
thrown It away. 

George Stone Is the principal of- 
fender and principal comedian. 
More than a dozen women left the "Tuesday night after the 
"Garden Wall" bit. which Is about 
the limit for any kind of burlesque. 
Several girls in gingham rompers 
open the bit sitting atop a wall. 
They are playing school. Each 
sings a verse of an old burlesque 
limerick. Stone's contribution was 
about a girl fishing for bass in 
water that came up to her — ankles. 
He roughs the girls around, get- 
ting some laughs by kicking one 
and slapping her on the bare leg. 
A moment later one girl ralseu her 
hand, requesting the teacher's per- 
mission to leave the room. At the 
refusal the girl crosses her legs. 
Stone then pantomimes the facial 
and nasal contortions of a man sud- 
denly discovering the whereabouts 
of a skunk, and after indicating 
the girl a.9 tlie suupicious one, re- 
marks, "Somebody has to leave. " 

The other abuses were too nu- 
merous to chronicle, but the prin- 
cipal comic never missed a chance 
lo blue it up or smut it up for a 
laugh. He was a panic with the 
upper shelf occupants, but it's a 
cincl) that anyone in the house ac- 
companied by wife or sweetheart 
will be stagging*lt the next time. 

The show. "The Social Maids." Is 
the same old "Maids" that Stone 
and Pillard have been doing for 
years, with a short interval when 
they were off the circuit. "The 
Social Maids" started this season 
minus Stone and Pillard. the reason 
for the change of title for two 

(Continued on page 9) 



Oentlemeri from llrll Jimmy AValtets 

Charley I.lRht Head Jack BtaiD 

Mrs. Doolittle (MlM) Jackie Addlsiuii 

Lotta Noise Bthei I<;irtlott 

Lovem All VIMa Hohlon 

Kalsht Hall Nate Bu by 

Count FromaKe Benny Moore 

Horace Ulckey Ctuta. (Tramp) McNally 

Manhelm -Vail Productions, Inc., 
stands sponsor for a lively dancing 
Mutual burlesque entertainment 
current at the Olympic. There are 
(We men principals and throe wom- 
en, all dancers of real ability, and 
for good measure they bill as added 
attraction one Flfl, a wriggle dancer 
of old-time technique. There are 
comedy and ensemble song inter- 
vals, but the show stands on Its 
dancing displays, which are notably 
all right and worth the price of ad- 
mission. It's all clean specialty 
matter and it belongs with the pos- 
sible shimmy trimmings that rnn 
from the opening to the finish at 
frequent intervals. 

If a show has fast and clever 
dancing a lot of defects in other 
directions may be forgiven, and 
there are times In this outfit when 
the comedy needs the cloak of char- 
ity. But the stepping saves it and 
really given it a place well up among 
(Continued on page 9) 


'.„ " •*'', 


Billy »«.••>••• Lew Donney 

Dottle .Madlyn Worth 

Mazie Jean Carr 

"Swlfty" Dick Hulse 

"Slim'- ..Prank X. Silk 

Lady of Chair Kitty Warren 

Kbony Gentleman. .Kenneth Christy 



Will Work Out Trado 
Mark Plan 


Gayely, 8t. Louis, Tries Something 


Henry C Jacobs will havp a 
chance to npeak that famous line 
originated in burlesque "So this la 
PariH" shortly, the senior member 
of the firm of Jacobs Sc Jormon 
starting on a trip around the \v(ni<l 
.Tan. 9 _that will emhr.Tce a stop- 
over at the lYcnch capita', a drop 
in at London and a week or two 
, in China. 

The Jacobs lo«r wlH take a year 
or so. 

St Louts. t>se. €. 
The Initial Introduction of "Sweet- 
heart Night" at the Gayety last 
Wednesday was voted by a large 
audience a very interesting novelty. 

The stunt la worked In the audi- 
ence by entertainers other than the 
company and requires no additional 
expense for stagehands or orches- 
tra. There Is singing, reciting and 
giving away souvenirs that refer 
to "sweetheart." The lady patrons 
went after this stunt for all thnt 
was In It, and, JudTlng from the 
Initial showing "Sweetheart Night" 
is going to be popular with the 

Manager Oscar Dane recently re- 
ceived copyright on this feature 
night. This gives the Gayety a 
feature for everj- night except Mon- 
day, for which an original stunt Ih 
In preparation. "Youthful Follies" 
Gayety last week played to $9,000 
gros.i. — : 

Columbia's Quarterly Meeting 

The Columbia Amusement Co. will 
hold its regular quarterly mectlnp 
the third of the Columbia's fiscal 
year, Dec. 29. 

A meeting of the directors of th** 
Columbia's various subsldiarle,8 wtl< 
be on the same day. 

Th« Columbia Amuoement Co. Is 
working out a plan to trade mark Its 
shows in a manner that will take 
them out of the common run of 
burlesque attractions. A standanl 
trade mark design will be prepared 
and used in the advertising of every 
house throughout the circuit. The 
Columbia trade mark will carry Co- 
lumbia burlesque as part or all of 
the Insignia, with the exact wording 
to b« decided on. 

At the present and for years past 
the different Columbia theatres in 
various cities have each used an 
Individual style of advertisement In 
the newspapers, etc. The general 
Idea will be to standardize the Co- 
lumbia brand of burlesque more or 
*ess in the same manner that a pic- 
ture concern expl(>its Its product. 

In lino with the plan of standard- 
izing Columbia burlesque and ex- 
ploit It as nn individual type of en- 
tertainment, ihe Columbia, New 
York, is to h.'ive a large clock on 
the order of th-s t-ne that formerly 
adorned tho front of the building 
on the junction of Times Square, 
Seventh avenue and Broadway. 

Harry Hastings' "Knlck Knacks" 
at the Columbia last week, has eov- 
eral new scenes, but the meat of 
last season's "Knacks," when Tom 
Howard was the principal comedian, 
has been retained In the current 
version. The hold-up bit which, in 
Howard's hands, was one of the 
funniest things ever seen in bur- 
lesque, is In and jains a fair meas- 
ure of laughs, but nothing near like 
Howard's total with It. 

The principal comedian. Frank X. 
Slik, Is a graduate of last season's 
American wheel. Silk does a like- 
able tramp, growing on his audiencs 
and getting every ounce of comedy 
out of his allotment. 

Hastings has a penchant for dis- 
covering comics. He brought How- 
ard into Columbia circles from stock 
burlesque. His present second 
comic. Dick Hulse, Is another new- 
comer. Hulse is a "fst boy" of 
quiet methods, admirably cast and 
in perfect contrast to Silk's unctuous 
tramp. Lew Denny, an excellent 
straight, and "The Three Synco- 
pators," a mala singing trio, who 
play minor roles when not at their 

(Continued on page 9) 


Wsskly Changs of Bill for Stock 


Mlnsky's Park nnisic hall. New 
York, burlesque stock, instituted a 
weekly change of phow this week, 
the current show carrying the title 
of. "Snlce." The weekly change of 
program was arrive^} at gradually 
by the Park stock, the organization 
starting with a show that ran for 
three weeks, another that ran the 
sams period and the third show 
running two weeks. 

The weekly change plan will not 
call for a complete change of cast, 
but features will be added with each 
new show. Tom Howard will st.Tge 
the shows and Solly Fields, who 
recently Joined the Park staff, will 
put on the numbers. 

Sssms Goal of Loading C<^umbi« 


Jamie Coughlln, late with Pear- 
son's "Zlg Zag" (unit), will join 
Cain and Davenport's "Mimic 
World." a Columbia burlesque at- 
traction, at Buffalo next week. 

Coughlln has signed a one -year 
contract with Cain A Davenport. 
He held a pay or play contract with 
Arthur Pearson for 20 weeks this 

Injunction Asked Against Actor 

James Z. Cooper has Bt.-^rted In 
junction pioCtf^Uln.q^H aaalnnt Ber 
nard Gorcey, of i^ie "Abie's Irish 
Hose" cn.ot. rlalrnlnjr a written con- ' 
tract for iSc siiK^n;^ of :?:*C-?3 with 
Clorcey for CO •vi'i:.*. The defend- 
ant l.M a gradii.iic of l.urleeque. 

Argument on tlie Inju.-ictlsn ;a due 
today (Filt^ay*. 


"Girls a la Carte." a new Mutual 
burlesque attraction, opened on the 
circuit at Jacques', Waterbury,Conn. 
Eddie Howe, of the Sam Howe Co- 
lumbia burlesque attraction, which 
close<l. last week, Is the producer 
and principal comedian. >. 



Wff.L DH rcUS'U ON i»AGB 
Thirty-one U Thin fttue 



Mulual's "Mischief Makers" Recast 
"The Mischief Makers," a Mutual 
burlesque show, has practically been 
recast. 'Bags" Murphy, from t he- 
Jack Singer "Hello Now York," for- 
mer Shubert vaudeville unit, Joined 
the attraction this week at the Star. 
Brooklyn. Joe Mack, a "Dutch" 
comedian, and Lillian Hlgbce, a new 
; rrlma donna, were also added to the 

»^ I crvst this week. 

Ix)uis Gerard has taken over the 
advance work of "Follies of the 
Day" for the next four weeks with 
a view to securing special publicity 
for the show out of the usual line 
of burlesque press stuff. , 

The "Follies," Jimmy Cooper's 
show, "Sliding" Billy Watson '« and 
"Chuckles" are all running along 
pretty well bunched for top mrmey 
honors on ths Columbia wheel at 
present with none of the quartet 
overlooking a t>«t that might gain 
an advantage. 

The goal outside of the honor of 
finishing first appears to be next 
summer's run at the Columbia. New 

While the top money show has 

not always been given the Colum- 

.bla summer run, finishing firft has 

a certain strategetlcal advantage 

that counts considerably. 


Jack Johnson has until today . 
(Friday) to pay a $355 fine on sup- 
plementary contempt proceedings 
in a suit for breach of contract In- 
stituted by Barney Gerard. The 
colored pugilist was recently ex- 
amined as to why he cannot satisfy 
a 12,000 judgment due the burlesque 
impresario. "Lil Arthur" contended 
he was severely bent If not en- 
tirely broke because of a failurs 
to negotiate ring matche.s. 

Gerard's motion to punish the 
Judgment debtor waa granted and 
John.son hu.s been fined $250 and 
|105 expenses by Justice Wnsncr- 
vogt<l la the New York Suprpme ,, 

"Limit Girls'* Returned to Wheel 
"The Linjit Girls." taken off (he 
pairs six weeks ago, returns to the 
I ute thiH week, with an eniire new 
cast and show. Harry Emerson 
and Bush Jermon produced the 

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Friday, December 8, 1922 


Organized and Noisy Carnival Men Take Fair As- 
sociation Convention Away from Secretaries — 
V Lovely Language But Nothing Definite Results 




The annual convention of the fair t nized personnel whose agents* busl- 

association officials In Toronto last 
week skidded badly on the prop- 
osition to force a cleanup of the 
carnivals, elinninatlon of graft and 
vicious shows and Ud on midway 
abuses. A lot of impressive lan- 
guage was exchanged: it was of- 
ficially agreed that "the convention 
was harmonious on the proposition 
that next year objectionable prac- 
tices must be stopped" and ora- 
torical pledges were made that the 
fair associations "would discourage 
•vil features," and so forth — but 
Th« Noisy Hundred 

About 100 carnival men of all 
grades and complexion from men 
uf unquestionable business reputa- 
tion to those who are no better than 
they should be, were on hand, ag- 
gressive and noisy, and, although 
they had no official standing on the 
convention floor except as guests, 
they actually took charge of affairs 
and had their own way. 

The carnival men were a cohesive 
unit, organised and prepared to 
Tight for the continuance of the 
catch as catch can system of doing 
business In the old way. while the 
fair men were uncertain and timid. 
Most of the fair men undoubtedly 
wanted to do something by way of 
Improving a situation which has be- 
come a national scandal, but if they 
eliminate the midway they don't 
]<now what to substitute and there 
is no strong leadership among the 
fair secretaries to point the way. 

The shrewd outdoor showmen 
knew what the Ihie-up would be 
before the convention met and they 
were prepared to take full advant- 
age of it. The fair men had invited 
Charles Ringling to address the 
convention and sketch out a clean- 
up p!an. Ringling carried out his 
part of the program, naming as the 
:\rst necessity the complete and ab- 
solute eradication of five things — 
gambling, girl shows, blowoffs, ex- 
tortion grafts and rowdyism. About 
all Mr. Ringling got was a hearing. 
I ut in the free-for-all debate that 
followed his discourse he didn't 
even get reasonable courtesy. One 
speaker — it was a fair man this 
time — wailed that fairground scan- 
dals never got a square doal. The 
newspapers always seized 

ness it would be to travel In the 
spring and report on the carnivals 
much in the manner of the Colum- 
bia Amusement Company's censof 
committee views the burlesque or- 
ganizations on the tour. They could 
compile a service of information 
for the guidance of fair secretaries 
in the contracting for carnival com- 
panies and the various fair asso- 
ciations could support the bureau 
(Continued on Page 9) 

Masonic Circus Matter Still 

Stirring— J. C. Matthews' 



Alltntown Reported Ready to Fi- 
nanc« Conc*««iona 

In the aftermath of the Toronto 
convention of fair secretaries it was 
reported that several of the Eastern 
fair associations were likely to fol- 
low the lead of Wheeling next sea- 
son io the handling of fair conces- 

The AUentown, Pa., association Is 
considering the plan of doing away 
with blankets covering the entire 
group of smaller concessions and 
inviting bids among local men for 
such Items as a lunchroom, sand- 
wich counter, soft drinks, canvass- 
ing the local restaurant men and 
caterers to take over the enterprises 
with the slogan. "Keep the money 
at homb." 

* : Chicago, Dec. «. 

Scene: Office of J. C. Matthews, 
vaudeville booking agent, in the 
Garrick theatre building. 

"I am from headquarters,'" an- 
nounced a visitor, who entered the 
office and was welcomed, as Mr. 
Matthews has figured more or less 
in a controversy which has set Chi- 
cago all agog in which the Shriners 
of Chicago are disposed to "razx" 
Mayor Bill Thompson, against 
whom they hold a grudge for the 
reason that paddle wheels were not 
permitted to operate at the recent 
Masonic Circus held on the South 
Side, though like operations have 
been permitted, it is said, at simi- 
lar entertainments gotten up under 
the auspices of the Elks, K-nights 
or Columbus ftnd other organiza- 

"You had better be careful what 
you are saying," said the "man from 
headquarters" to the vaudeville 
man. "You might get in bad." 

"There's the door, you dirty 
skunk!" shot back Mr. Matthews. 
"Your gang is so accustomed to 
dealing with crooks that you don't 
know how to approach a decent 
man. I am no pickpocket! I am 
no thief! No one has anything on 

— . ... ^ A . > ^ . .1. ! roeJ I ^^n* not afraid of you or 

The planum be tested during the ■ y^^^ ^^^ty gang! I did think that 

winter, and if the town shows a 

disposition to enter into the venture, j 
it is probable a move will be set on 
foot for the following year to have 
the fair association build its own 
rides with local money. 

The renting of small concessions 
was tried in an «>xperimental way 

when (.000 prominent men of Chi- 
cago fathered an enterprise which 
was launched to raise money for 
the erection of a temple, that there 
would be no annoyance from city 
hall grafters. I don't paticularly 
object to such grafters being fixed 
but I think it is the carnival that 

at Wheeling. W. Va.. last fall and ^^ 
is reported to have worked out sue- ' 
cessfully. Heretofore it has been 
the custom to let all the concessions 

of this kind under a blanket ar- 
rangement with the carnival com- 
pany that supplied the rides, mid- 
way and other features. 

.•^mall happenings and emphasized 
them to the disadvantage of the 
fair without verifying them. 

Donaldson Disposed Of 
He related that he had taken his 
young niece to the Ringling Bros.- 
Barnum- Bailey circus w'hen it vis- 
ited a southern city and had been 
charged 2.0 cents for a package of 
Crispette which ought to cost only 
10 cents. If that had happened at 
a fair, he declared angrily, it would 
have been a newspaper "scandal." 
The speaker concluded that this 
was no place for the Rlnglings to 
do laundry work. That stopped 

William H. Donaldson, publisher 
of the "Billboard." fared no better. 
Donaldson made an impassioned 
plea for certain virtuous carnival 
men whom he pictured as facing 
ruin because of the evil reputation 
the business was laboring under 
due to certain grafting organiza- 
tions. Donaldson said he had 90 
letters from the victims of this sad 
state of affairs and wanted to read 
them but didn't. When Donaldson 
got through he received an earful 
from half a dozen carnival men 
who told him publicly and elo- 
quently where he got off. They told 
him his position was that another 
trade paper (a worthle.".s and In- 
conspicuous rag named Variety) 
had started an Infamous campaign 
to ruin the carnival business for 
selfish purposes of its own, and he 
(Donaldson) felt called upon to get 
into the situation in some promi- 
nent way, only be didn't know how 
to go about it. That stopped Don- 

Censor Plan Killed 
These amicable proceedings occu- 
pied most of the session while all 
definite constructive measures were 
brutally sidetracked. For instance. 
a definite proposition was made 
that the fair a.ssoclation create a 
practical central bureau of recog- 


St. Louis, Dec. 6. 
The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Is 
exhibiting indoors this week at the 
Coliseum, under the auspices of the 
upon j Moolah Temp'e (Shriners) 

It is reported the Shriners under- 
wrote all of the expenses of the 
engagement. ^ 

K.'insas City. Doc. (. 

The town is heavily billed for the 
Hagenbeck -Wallace circus to ap- 
pear in Convention Hall «;x days 
commencing December 12. The en- 
gagement is being sponsored by the 
Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge, but the 
billing is being done by a regular 
circus crew. 

The show is using a line on Its 

lithograph tickets never before 

I noticed here. It reads "Good for 

matinee only. Not good Saturday 

or Sunday." 

! and not an organization dedicated 
to the interests of the community." 

It Is known that Mr. Matthews 
feels deeply on the subject of the 
refusal of permisplon to operate 
merchandise wheels at the recent 
circus In which he was associated 
with E. F. Carruthers, Ernie Young 
and others in providing attractions, 
but with this exception he has re- 
fused to talk. "The matter is a 
dead issue — dead and buried/' be 
says to reporters. 

There are forces in the Shriners 
In Chicago that do not accept the 
matter in the same light and a 
strong attempt is being made to 
resurrect the issue. 



Sydney Wire, aged 48. died Nov. 
30 at the Hospital for Ruptured and 
Crippled, New York, following a six 
month's illness with sarcoma. 

Mr. Wire was one of the best 
known press agents in the carnival 
and circus field, and was a pupil of 
the late Major Burke. 

The deceased was advance agent 
for Buffalo Bill and Barnum and 
Bailey's circus during their respec- 
tive European trips. 

Wire was born in England, but 
made his home in this country, at 
Toledo. At different times he rep- 
resented theatrical papers, at one 
time being Toledo correspondent for 
Variety. His last po.«?ition In this 
line was with the "Billboard." 

The remains were interred at tlic 
Elks' Rest, Evergreen cemetery, 
that organization looking after the 
funeral dct;ills. He was a member 
of the Kcwance, 111., lodge. A widow 
and two children survive. 

No B.*B. Circus in Syracuse 

Syracuse, N. T., Dec. 6. 
Following Variety's report of the 
announced Ringling Brothers and 
Barnum-Bailey indoor circus, under 
the auspices of the Shrine in Janu- 
ary, here, John M. Kelley. attorney 
for the circus, announced locally the of the circus' name was unau- 

Chicago. Dec, 6. 

Alphcdeus G. B. Stonehouse, cir- 
cus man, known professionally as 
Al Q. Barnes, has filed suit for di- 
vorce from Sarah Jane Stonehouse 
In Nevada, charging cruelty. They 
were married in Las Vegas, Nev., 
in April. 1921. 

The defendant Is Barnes' second 


The Johnny J. Jones Carnival Co. 
will have an exhibition at the 
Havana park which opens late in 
December and runs until late 'in 
February. The equipment was 
shipped from CharVston. S. C. at 
the end of the Jones engagement 
there, going by rail to Florida and 
thence to Havana. 

Frandlsco A. Coto will handle the 
park this year. Ho was in New- 
York recently booking attractions 
for the amusement place. Only 
portions of the Jones outfit are to 
be used in Havana. 


Buffalo, N. Y., Dec. C. 

The L. R, Steel Company, a 
Canadinn-IT. 6. eomm^Tcial enter- 
prise, is* planning an International 
Exposition at Niagara Falls in 1925. 
The project is to be on the .^tyle of 
the Pan American and ahnost as 
large. A great part of the exposi- 
tion will be given over to amuse- 
ment enterprises. 

The Steel company is notorious 
for its showmanship stunts given as 
nree.^sories to sto'k -sellings pro- 

Chlcaifo, Dec. i. 

The "winter circus" seems to have 
assumed permanent form with the 
organization of this the "winter edi- 
tion" of the Carl Hagenbeck-Wal- 
lace Circus, a show put together not 
to play a single date but with the 
Idea of presenting a form of enter-, 
tainment heretofore identified with 
tents in the summer, with the ex- 
ception of engagements at the Mad- 
ison Square Garden In New York 
and the Coliseum in Chicago, in- 
doors during the period that there 
has been inactivity among a great 
many circus acts in the past. 

The "winter circus" is the result 
of a development which has ex- 
tended over a period of years. The 
idea first was tested by the pres- 
entation of a few acts under the 
billing "indoor circus," but was en- 
larged upon with the development 
of the field of benefits for frate'nal 
organizations until now the biggest 
tented enterprises do not scorn the 
progressive movement, and it Is 
Muggavin. Bowers & Ballard who 
father this show, which Is a credit- 
able performance of Ms nature. 

In front of the Coliseum the name 
of Carl Hagenheck Circus is dis- 
played In electric lights, and while 
there was not more than 2,600 peo- 
ple present in the Coliseum on the 
night of Nov. 29 when the perform- 
ance was reviewed, the name itself 
must be credited with a certain in- 
terest-creating power. 

There is no menagerie with the 
"winter edition." It is a atraight 
circus performance, organized evi- 
dently with a view of fulfilling all 
requirements of a three-ring circus 
without calling for a greater ex- 
penditure than necessary. 

The show is a satisfactory one. 
No observer can complain of the 
quality of the entertainment, and 
yet it is not nearly so large as the 
shows that have been given in the 
same place under different names, 
though it is possible that this may 
not be noticed by those who attend 
with the purpose of having a good 
time. ^ 

There are two big features in this 
show — John Helliott's performance 
with seven lions on the steel arena, 
of which two or three appear to bo 
quite ferocious, and the feature 
aerial act of the Flying Wards, in 
which six girls and four men pre- 
sent the usual casting turn. A third 
feature, rich In possibilities. Is the 
"endurance" performance of Emma 
Ward at the of the aei'lal num- 
ber. She makes the turns while 
supporting herself by one arm way 
up in the air, and after two other 
girls have given up continues, with 
the equestrian cyrector taking up 
the count at 70 and continuing until 
she has turned 140 times. 

The circus has been put together 
by a master hand. The "single tra- 
peze" number, which is one of the 
cheapest displays of a circus which 
has salaried performers participat- 
ing, has 10 single trapeze perform- 
ers scattered around the hippodrome 
track and the Three Ward Sisters in 
the center position, until this num- 
ber seems a maximum effort at en- 
tertainment instead of a minimum 
effort. The "hunting number," in 
which much time is spent in the In- 
troduction of a dozen dogs and of 
nine pairs of man and women riders 
ing hunting costume a-horse, finally 
developing Into a hurdle contest, 
follows a menage display and is a 
feature of the show which is worthy 
of praise, preserving the B. Bi Wal- 
lace Idea that a circus must have a 
liberal showing of "high school" sto identify it with the 
"horse show." 

There are no platforms and the 
entertainment Is given In three 
rings with the exception of a few- 
times when acts are presented 
around the hippodrome track. A 
steel arena is erected in place of 
the center ring where the wild 
animals are put through their stunts 
but it is removed when the perform- 
ance Is about half over. There Is 
a runway from this steel arena by 
which the animals are returned to 
their cages. 

The clowns get some good laughs 
though mostly from material quite 
familiar to those who often view 
the circuses. A clown baud number, 
not been changed one bit since with 
this ^ow previously, continues to 
rimuse, and at one time a clown 
parade around the hippodrome track 
is important enough to be ranked 
as a "display." A clown who dfinces 
around the hippodrome track with 
a dummy fiapper created possibly 
the most genuine Interest of any 
of the funny antics of the joeys. 

Display No. 1— (Jrand entree and 
specular tournament, comparing 
with the opening of the summer edi- 
tion of this circus. 

Display No. 2— Dolly Castle put 
performing pumas through a rou- 
tine in the steel arena, while Captain 
Sharp in ring three and Lyle Con- 
ner In ring one Introduced bears 
which did riding stunts on the backs 
of horse.s. Miss Castle directs the 
performance capably, getting those 
returns which are evidence of show- 
nian.ship, without any attempts at 
atinining the spectacular. 

Display No. 3— Five elephants In 
ring three worked by Ola Baragh 
and four in ring one under the direc- 
tion of Alma Woods. Years ago In 
the Hagenberlc-W.'illnce perform - 
anoo John irelliolt v,o:l;ed the 

elephant riding tiger in this number 
In the steel arena, but in this winter 
show that feature is held over far 
the next display. 

Display No. 4 — John Helllott an4 
a tiger which rides an elephant. 
Jumps through two hoops blazinc 
with fire before mounting on th» 
platfo:m on the back of the pachy* 
derm, In the steel arena, while U, 
Haines In ring three and James 
Doag in ring one wrestle with bears. 

Display No. 5 — Once more th« 
first and third rings hold the en- 
tertainment while the steel arena is 
without an attraction; Orrin Daven* 
port in ring three and Cecil Lowande 
in ring one offer male riding acts 
In which somersaulting is a feature. 
Clowns contribute to these ridinip 

DispTay Xo. 6 — John Helllott in- 
troduces the Hon riding a horse act 
(l©ng Identified with the Hagenbeclc 
name), in the steel arena, and Leo 
Hamilton introduces dogs in ring 
one. For a big number of the dogf 
and pony acts a monkey drives a 
four dog chariots and another dog 
meets them while encircling the ring 
and Jumps, clearing the coming 
speeders. For a finish a dog rides 
with forefeet on the back of one 
pony and hind feet on another 
around the ring. 

Display No. 7 — An aerial number 
In which Ward Sisters, Louise 
Greible. Miss Marine, the Misses 
Wingert, Ruby Chapin. Esche 
Koshida, Helen Ksshida. Alma; 
Woods and others appear with tha 
"endurance" stunts of a Miss For4 
announced and thus featured. 

Display No. 8— John Helliott's big 
lion act with seven beautiful speci- 
mens exhibited to splendid ad- 

(A clown number Is here while 
the steel arena Is taken down.) 

Display No. 9 — Two Jap acts oc- 
cupy the center ring, while Mary 
Enos does her roNing globe stunts 
In ring one, Irma Conner some head- 
balancing stunts, and the Mo Moo 
Japs some fencing feats in ring 

Display No. 10 — Two Hamiltons in 
ring one. Three W^ards In ring two 
and Wingert Sisters In ring three, 
in teeth Jicts of the usual routine. 

Display No. 11 — Lula Davenport 
in ring one, Victoria Davenport in 
ring two and Margaret Crandall In 
ring three pnesent lady equestrian 
acts which are prettily dressed and 
with riding stunts needy executed. 

Display No. 12 — Danny Ryan puts 
six pigs through an interesting per- 
formance In ring one. Capt. Weber's 
five seals do their stunts in ring two 
and John Helllott exhibits bears In 
ring three while boxing kangaroos 
are seen around the hippodrome 
track. The bears and pigs "shute 
the chutes" at the same time late in 
this number givltig II a unison 
desirable for the best performance. 
The playing of the national air by 
an educated seal Is announced and 
thus worked up goes over nicely. 

Display No. 13 — Mo Moe Jap 
troupe in ring one, Jackson -Lawler, 
Australian wood choppers fn ring 
two, and another Jap act in ring 
three. Jiu Jitsu makes the Jap acts 

Display No. 14 — Four Wards pre- 
sent u wire act in ring one, Irma 
Conner centers attention to ring 
two and Huma and Yuke Kiwans, 
Jap girls, do stunts In ring three^ 
while Helllott marches what is an- 
nounced as the only trained hip- 
popotamus around the hippodrome 

Display No. 16— The Crandall 
Troupe of riders occupy ring one, 
the Davenport troupe ring two and 
Lowande-LeDoux troupe ring three 
with the Davenport troupe intro- 
ducing an act which resembles that 
of the Hanneford Family without 
making any chargo that there has 
been an effort to copy. There is a 
comedian of the same general style 
who does a step off a horse to the 
fioor and dancing is introduced into 
the act. The riding feats are inter- 
esting though there is nothing new. 
The finish was several riders stand- 
ing on the back of a single horse 
which galloped around the ring. 

Display No. 16 — John and Mary 
Enos and two Japs did a perch act 
in ring two, Jim Houma a similar 
act \n ring one and two Japs an- 
other perch act in ring three. In- 
teresting though nothing new ai>d 
with perches described as "high" 
though not more than half the 
length of those that have been used. 

Display No. 17 — Menage number 
with Louise Greible, Dolly Castle, 
Sam Carroll. Miss Davles, Ola 
Raragh, E. Trueblood. Cajt. Sharp, 
Raso Ryan, Alma Wood, Lyle Con- 
ner and others. This worked Into 
another "display" (No. 18 on the 
program) In which Ola Bnragh, Mrs. 
Carson, John Davis, Mary Sutton 
and Eirl Sutton put equlnes through 
high Jumping stunts. 

Display No. 19— Flying Wards 
casting act in which Mamie W.ird's 
d< uble somersiiult is featured while ~ 
a girl riding on a man's shoulders to 
a position where she releases her- 
self to catcher is applause* compell- 

Display No. 20— Races which 
make a satisfactory finish with 
Roman stajiding racing concluding 
this display; there is no longer the 
Roman chariot races in some of the 

The Wards are prom'rent In this 


Friday, December 8, 1922 



At the Century theatre Tuesday afternoon Mille. Cecil© Sorel. before 
i^ large and enthusiastic audience, gave aa fine a performanre of 
^Oamllle" as I ever have seen. In fact she la the greatest Camille of the 
laat 25 years. Just to watch Sorel arrange a vase of flowers is a lesson 
In acting, and the death scene was remafkable. 

Mllle. Surel'8 clothes were magnificent and her Jewels, regal. A ball 
fown of silver brocade was gorgeous. The skirt was draped to the front 
with two huge loops at the back forming a train. A fllmy cloud of lace 
hung over the arms. 

Very handsome Sorel was In the first act in a coral dress having ex- 
tended sides. The trimming was of feather banding in several rows. 
Garlands of flowers decorated the bodice and skirt Stunning was a 
garden dress of the finest lace over delicate pink. The skirt was in two 
flounces and the top made with high neck and long sleeves opened the 
tiniest bit at the bosom. A wide sash of pink satin was hung quite low 
and tied in a graceful bow at the side. Blue velvet was another gown 
heavily embroidered in silver. Made In long straight lines two long 
panels hung from underneath the arms to the hem. Stitched down but 
one side these panels flared open showing silver lining. Fringe edged 
the panels and hem of the skirt. 

For the last tragic act. Sorel chose a simple white pegnoir tied at the 
waist line with a cord. Very sumptuous were all Sorels wraps and she 
showed five. One was coral velvet inside and out with an abundance 
of chinchilla trimming. There was an ermine one of course and silver 
cloth was lined with flame co'or feathers and a yellow cape had a chin- 
chilla collar. 

Sorel is a bobbed Ca mille, although she attached two long curls to her 
tresses for the death scene. ;;; .,- 

Clever Etta Pillard! How she worked Tuesday night at the Columbia 
theatre in 'The Social Maids". Where on our musical comedy stage 
have we a dancer like Miss Pillard? They may sing better but they 
can't dance better. 

As for dressing. Miss Pi'larJ showed excellent taste. The first dress 
was of pale pink eilged with silver lace and belted where the waist line 
tB. A small hat had a fine pink plume. Bright red velvet had a full 
4kirt picked out in jet ornaments. And this dress followed not the long 
Ugly waist line of thi.s seasons vogue, but where a waist line should be 
and how gracefully a proper waist line ."eta of a figure. 

Miss Pillard then followed fashion's decree and wore a long walsted 
gown of white and crystal. A garland of roses decorated one side. Very 
handsome was a pale blue gown with extended sides. The blue material 
was smothered in festoons of lace served perfectly flat. 

One cloth dres.s worthy of a stroll on Fifth avenue, was of palest tan 
trimmed at the hem. collars and cuflfs with black fox. It was very smart. 
Greenislf gold was a dancing costume made with full bloomers and a 
short ruffled coat. Pale hue was the lining. 

Elenore Wilson's type I was beginning to deplore as vanishing from 
Burlesque. Very few Wilsons are left, the big stately kind with the well 
formed limbs. Miss Wilson wore several gowns, mostly of the metallic 
materials draped closely to the figure and slit up one side. Although I 
did like Miss Wilson in a huge lace hoop skirt. 

The chorus in the Indian number looked the best with the girls in 
costumes made entirely of short ribbons. Rose Duffin and Marie Hart 
wore several nice costumes, a red one worn by Miss Uo«e Duflln was 
especially beautiful. It was very short cut in small ruffles wiili a huge 
bow on each hip. 

Bebe Daniels looking more like Mabel Normand than ever In "Singed 
Wings", is first »s a Princess, in the long flowing velvet robes of the 
fairy story books. Living in abject poverty, her lace house dress was a 
little out of the picture. The one evening dress was of solid crystal made 
In straight lines with a girdle. A wrap was velvet and fur trimmed. 



Pierre Achmatoff, Russian 
was released from Kills 
Island upon her statement that she 
was to join the Moscow Art Thea- 
tre which Morris nest is bringing 
to this country, yhe was in danger 
of becoming a "public charge" when 
her release was permitted. The 
actress went in the custody of 
Methodist missionaries, who took 
her to the >retliodist Immigrant 
Home on West 11th street. Mme. 
AchmatofT had 20 pieces of baggage 
With her. 

Personal property of the late 
Itillian Russell will be offered at an 
unre.stricted public auction sale to 
be held the latter part of next week. 
The whole is released by Alexander 
P. Moore, of Pittsburgh, who was 
Mias Russell's husband, and by the 
Union Trust Co. of that city. 

Joyce Eleanor Pont, actress, was 
recently married to Rodney Sturgis. 
a broker of Boston. The girl last 
appeared in "Marjolaine," and will 
continue her i»rotessional life. Her 
father l.s William H. Post, now 
playing in "Seventh Heaven." 

■' Isadora Duncan is scheduled to 
deliver a sermon and offer a dance 
Christmas Eve in the Episcopal 
Church of St. Mirk'a-in-the- 
Bouwerie la New York. The ser- 
mon is to be on 'Tlie Moralizing 
Effect of Dancing on the Human 
Soul," and the church pipe organ 
will furnish the music for the 
dance. The Rev. Dr. William Nor- 
man Guthrie is rector of the church. 

William A. Brady Is also to put 
forth a Shakespearean production. 
His idea is to line up the "old 
school" of actors against the new, 
and to this end has invited Sothem, 
Hampden and Mantell to appear 
together In "Julius Caesar." 

An attempt was made to rifle the 
receipts at the Park music hall. New 
York, the thief "jimmying" the door 
from the manager's office to the box 
offlce. It is thought the burglar was 
after two days' gross, removed Fri- 
day night. The robber secured |200. 

Mrs. Henrietta Jolson, former 
wife of Al Jolson, was married to 
Jack Silvey Nov. 8. The ceremony 
occurred on the coast. 

It is understood Mme. Melba Is 
organizing an opera company with 
which she intends to tour the world. 


(Continued from page 8) 

by an assessment, pooling the total 
cost. This proposition died an early 
death, and was unceremoniously in- 

Another proposition was that a 
new contract form for use between 
fair associations and carnivals be 
drawn in which there should appear 
a speciflc clause providing against 
girl shows of an objectionable char- 
acter, gambling devices and other 
abuses and providing further for 
penalties to be paid in the form of 
liquidated damages for infractions. 
They didn't siay this proposal out- 
right, but it was tabled by being 
referred to a committee which will 
report, either at .the, February 
meeting of the board in Chicago or 
at the 1923 conv^tion in Memphis. 
It was the belief of observers that 
the proposal has been put away for 
the present. 

Progressives 'Silenced 
The net outcome of the conven- 
tion appears to be that nobody for 
the present proposes to do anything 
about the objectionable phases of 
the carnival. There were half a 
dozen progressive fair officials at 
the gathering who went to Toronto 
deeply interested in the plan of 
ending the wholesale delivery of 
privileges to carnival companies 
and disposing of them to local in- 
terests. Also many fairs are figur- 
ing on the proposition of buying 
and owning their own rides. These 
men apparently lost Interest after 
the convention opened or figured 
the time was not favorable to dis- 
cuss their ideas. Certainly there 
was no open consideration of the 
new scheme. 

Another significant detail of the 
meeting was that although Johnny 
Jones, perhaps the best known and 
most representative of the best 
class of ourdoor showmen, and one 
of the most popular, was not heard 
in the gabfest. 

The reports that reached New 
York of the convention proceedings 
were extremely fragmentary and 
vague. Charles Rlngling stopped 
off on his way back, but went on 
through to Chicago the next day. 
Johnny Jones stayed in New York 
only a few hours, continuing on to 
I Florida to ioin his carnival com- 
pany, which closed a week stand at 
Charleston. S. C, Dec. 2. 

Elusive Resolution 
Accounts disagree as to what hap- 
pened to a formal resolution putting 
the convention on record as opposed 
to graft and indecent shows. The 
resolution was drafted and put in 
.<^hape to be presented and voted on. 
But there were several versions of 
what happened to it. One version 
was that the resolution was for- 
mally adopted In the late proceed- 
ings; the other that it had never 
been presented. 

Neither Ed Ballard nor Jerry 
Muggivan was present at the con- 
vention, although they probably 
were represented. Louis Floto was 
there, but whether he carried au- 
thority for the Ballard-Muggivan 
group was not apparent. One of the 
main groups on hand was made up 
of the novelty supply Jobbers from 
Chicago, St. I.«ouis and other points. 
These Interests are generally re- 
garded as allies of the Donaldson 
faction, and they were not particu- 
larly happy this year. 

Trade has been slipping away 
from the mid-Western Jobbers. The 
buyers of carnival supplies for years 
did business on a strictly cash basis 
with the Jobbers on the Jobbers' 
own terms, but this year they came 


(Continued from page 7) 

weeks. The former "Maids" had 
played the Columbia and one or 
two other houses in Greater New 

Miss Pillard Is as ever an enjoy- 
able, hard-working artiste. Her 
dancing was one of the redeeming 
features. Stone earned applause 
every time he hopped the buck and 
got some real laughs with low com- 
edy and rough-house stuff that was 

Billy Gaston, Stone's old partner, 
is the straight man. aided by Dud- 
ley Farnsworth, a juvenile straight 
who plays a Freijch character in 
one act without starting anything. 

Elinore Wilson, an old school ex- 
perienced prima, gave an all right 
performance* The other principal 
women were Marie Hart and Rose 
Duffin, soubret ingenues who led 
numbers and danced well. 

Billy Baker in an anemic comedy 
role worked opposite Stone in tramp 
makeup, while Sam Wright did a 
Dutch role with a putty nose and 
received most of Stone's rough 

It's the noisiest show that has 
ever played the house. Stone's In- 
vitations to the gallery were ac- 
cepted literally, until the upper 
part of the house sounded like a 
Saturday crowd at the Polo 
Grounds. In a short scene which 
followed a pick-out number, the 
gallery gods informed Stone that 
the captain of the ship whom he 
was arraigning "was right behind 
him." One voice yelled, 'Take an- 
other jab, he's right behind you." 

The Stone and IMllard show was 
staged under the personal direction 
of Joe Hurtig. Book by George 
Stone. It's burle.sque de "lux«" 
with 24 chorus girls. It needs thera. 


'The Ringside," the Benny Leon- 
ard cabaret in New York, which ^ » # » ., «„.» »■_ ^ , 
opened last Friday night, underwent j ^^«^ ^°T./'\*? first time and opened 
a raid within its first three days. 
Two customers, the nianaf?er and an 
employe were charged with pos- 
sessing liquor. Detectives of In- 
spector's Bolan's staff made the ar- 

Maurice Mouvet. profe.<5sionally 
known as Maurice, the dancer, is 
recovering his health in Switzer- 
land. He has been there for sev- 
eral weeks. 

William A. Brady will give his 
first of a series of Sunday night 
performances j.t th»i PlayhouKc 
New Year's Eve. Throe one-act 
playa constiluU' the progruni. which 
will continue for four successive 
Sunday evenings, tend Ioniser, if a 
success. Atleiulance is to Lo by 

KesKiio Hriyak,'. wa. Japane-o pic- 
-t^ire strt»'.- will n\'\>>- r i i I'.n 
mate stawe next nn)ii:li. T.. ; . >- 
duction is to be the "Tif?er hil%." 
presented by flie i'liubcrt..! in »om- 
junclion uiili WnlKr .Jur<ian, 

Mary Milos M.n;ei- is report- d •<» 
be en;»n«od to \\i<\ Louis Sh<'i\\ in. 
rnrm^Tly a diamatic < litli; in .\'cw 

Mrs. Jack Bainato, daughter of 
Fanny VN'ard. was mtnied to I..ord 
Plunkett, gratulson of the Arch- 
bishop of Dublin, early this week. 
Though quite a social event, the 
l>ride's mother was not present. She 
is in Paris. 

Fritzi S'-l'.ffl' ujli Mp"n in a lu-w 
musical r>iay for .\e.v VoiU .^ome 
lime next spring. 

A committee of theatre mana^rers. 
beaded by Marc Klaw, has worked 
out a system for relieving the 
traffic congestion in 45th street, be- 
tween r.roadway and EiBlith ave- 
niio. The .«ix theatres on this block 
were all <lr(»t)i«it'tc their final cur- 
lain at prat'Tlc'i |i\- the same time, 
but now. aCter a conference, tlie 
!li»^aties turn out their audiences at 
intervals of about live minutes 
from 10:.-,0 to IIiI.t. Polbe In- 
s|ierior Davis tliitik.s so well of liie 
iiba th'tt ho may carry it on to 
other uver-buiikrind the;»lio «tref»ts. 

'Dinfy" Mo«»re's restaiininl. (-n 
■IKfh street. oM" Uri.adw.-ty, was 
raided by the N'ew York police 
(Continued 'on i..iBe "i) 

up credit lines in some cases of 
recognized names, direct with the 
manufacturers and importers. They 
were on hand at the gathering of 
carnival men to patch up relations 
and re-establi«h business connec- 
tions. They did not enter into the 
controversy on the convention fiof)r, 
but they lent their influence, chiefly 
noise and numbers, to the of 
the carnival men In opposition to 
the faction that f.ivorod a clean-up. 
The projiosltion came up aiming 
at the formation of a mutual relief 
fund to which everyl>ody would con- 
tribute, the object being to provide 
emergency finances for any cnrni\al 
man cau;;ht in a railroad wicck or 
a bluw-down. This went the way 
of other constructive i)r()i)o-al3, 


Wirtli r.l'K.fjM-nfeld. n)jtd'»or book- 
• :>", u.Kcd a i.ovel advert isir.i' device 
at the l'"air .Se "retJii ies" (■<m\ f'titicn 
in 'i'oionto \aM week. Ari illijini- 
naled .'i'. t»rtcto.rr;»ph w.'i.s .»(:t up in 
the lo'oby of t*ie KiiuT I'.'l.vard hotel, 
the coiivetillfin'.'rs. and 
di,vplayid colored iliu.'-tiated slid'-s 
(»f the it' t.s in Hie Wirlh-lSloornen - 
fi'ld < aUil'>u:. 

Goofcre Hanii'l, rer)res*»nt I»i;f the 
\S'irth lUooinenftj'id oJIi* e, «• < wM-d 

(Continued from page 7) 

specialty, complete the male roster 

The Women are Joan Carr, sou- 
bret; Kitty Warren, Ingenue, and 
Madlyn. prima donna. Miss War- 
ren was all over the show, leading 
numbers, punctuating wardrobe and 
contributing a corking song and 
dance "male" Imper.oonatlon In eve- 
ning clothes. Her buck and wing- 
ing and other dancing stuck out. 
M ss Carr worked smoothly and 
sweetly, despite a perceptible limp 
due to an accident early in the week. 
It handicapped her dancing, but she 
was game and convincing. 

Madlyn Worth, a voluptuous 
blondina, with a so-so voice, made 
frequent appearances, showing pret- 
ty dresses. A singing specialty in 
"one" allowed Miss Worth to give 
the boys a "flash" when she stripped 
to a one-piece bodice and sheer 
opera stockings. A slow jazz dance 
with a sensuous touch got her most. 
Her song selections, except "I Ain't 
Givin' Nothin' Away," were ac- 
cepted quietly. 

The show is replete with laughs, 
having any number of good comedy 
bits. Vaudeville acts have con- 
s(riou8ly or unconsciously contrib- 
uted several to the altrafttion. Gal- 
lagher and Rolley's "rolling chair" 
bit and most of the dialog were 
by Kitty Warren and Kenneth 
Christy, a black-face comedian. 
They got nothing with it. A mo- 
ment later, the principal comic and 
his assistants toolc the scene over 
and built It up to real laughs with 
the rolling chair turning out to be a 
miniature saloon. The bootlegger 
impersonates a barber every time a 
suspicious-looking gent appears. He 
gave one customer a booze sham- 
poo, then combed his hair. It was 
a howl. 

Another good comedy bit was the 
"African Dodger," very well handled 
by Silk. Lew Denny'ar straightlng 
helped here. It's an old bit, but In 
1 capable hands, real funny. Other 
holdovers from last season were the 
finale of act one, "Honeymoon 
Song." The chorus In individual 
fantastic costumes open the scene 
with a fashion paratle. The bridal 
party next, with the finish, the 
bride nnd groom in a parlor car 
waving good-bye. 

Frank Vilrano, George Namoli 
and i'.ob Carney were busy in minor 
roles. Carney's dancing and the 
singing of the above duo with Joe 
i I^Jing raised the vocal ensemble 
above the average. 

The production is up to the best 
standard of the Columbia circuit, 
all of the sets looking neat nnd ap- 
propriate. The coRtuininiif of the 18 
I-ei)py choristers was in good taste 
and lavish. 

Tom Howard Is believed to have 
I»ut on most of last .season's "Knlck 
Knacks'* before jumping to the 
MIn.Mkys Park htock burlesque com- 
l»any. The program doesn't credit 
anyone with U. but regurdleHB of 
who i»roduccd the original. Harry 
Hustings has an attraction that is a 
credit lo the wlieel. Con. 

the at tract lon.s that appeared at the 
convention banquet, acts from the 
UW'.w yrn^n'a. I'litWAKPii .md rilnrcn!?. 
The dinricr arrangements w«'re 
made by D. C. Ross, sufierinfendent 
"f attractions fur the Toronto ex- 

The new prc«;ldenf of th»» secre- 
iaric<f nssnctatlon'/s H. A'. Mayfleld, 
of Waco, Tejj. Thoniri.^Cj:i|le!iI, of 
Miiincapohs, wa.i cle.Kil vicfe-pr»;i- 
denf, and Don .Moore, of ^!i.)ux Cil.\' 
Iowa, was re elcdod .-,ecre;;uy. 


(Continued from page 7) 

the second string burlesque organ- 
izations. TheBe people have pep 
and energy and they spend a lot of 
vitality in their two-hour turn be- 
fore the foots. The emphasis on the 
wriggles probably gets them much 
at the 14th street house (for there 
Is no denying the taste of the Olym- 
pic cllent»le for a good mixture of 
spice), but it robs the company and 
the show of class. On its stepping 
ability this aggregation could shine 
in a lot more pretentious company. 
There isn't an organization on the 
first wheel, for instance, that can 
match It In this department, and one 
member at least could take a chance 
on a Broadway musical comedy and 
prosper. She Is Ethel Bartlett, a 
tricky 95-pound mite who is all to 
the Genee. This girl has real tal- 
ent and a natural gift for graceful 
dancing that goes beyond all ac- 
quired skill. Her legmaniu is a Joy 
to watch and her handling of a 
Scotch highland dance is a finished 
hit of work. It Is worth noting that 
she did not shimmy once and she 
was the only girl In the outfit who 
by reason of size and conformation 
could have shivered with sightll-^ 

But the show is framed on an as- 
cending scale of shocks, beginning, 
about 10 o'clock with a Kelktinous 
female of proportions and substance 
super-matronly, who gets down to 
an unqua^lilled union suit and shim- 
mies all over the stage. For the 
moment it looked like the high light 
of the evening, but more was to 
come. Jackie Addison presently 
went this performance one better 
by appearing in .a purple union 
suit so sheer one could easily Im- 
agine Jackie's satin exterior shin- 
ing through, and she did some more 
violent shudderings. getting pretty 
much all the planes of her person- 
ality Into the scenario. It was an- 
other noisy climax for the gang up- 
stairs, but not the end. 

Jackie was to the fore again not 
ten minutes later exploiting her 
tremolo talents more aggressively 
if possible, but this time In a loose 
sheath, ankle-length gown, and was 
twice as exhilarating as the exhibi- 
tion in the union suit. For bar- 
baric bluntness this was the high 
spot. They tried to go beyond it 
later, but the effort was vain. Bur- 
lesque producers are crude. What 
they should have done was to stage 
an undulating dance by a girl in a 
mother hubbard wrapped. Instead 
they turned Fifi loose In nothing 
more startling than bare skin and a 
fringe of dangling ribbons. Fift 
danced in a style approaching Mil- 
lie De Leon's utmost, but it was 
tame compe'-ed to the sheath gown 
effect, although Flfl did her earnest 
best to please with the ample means 
at her command. 

The Olympic seems to be pros- 
pering on this style of burlesque. 
The Tue.sday night attendance was 
near capacity, a state of affairs that 
does not ai vays happen, even on 
amateur night. But tlie show cou'd 
have made good without the tdiock- 
ers, merely on its lively straight 
dancing makeup. Besides, it has 
enough gendineiy funny moments 
to bring the average up nicely. 
Charles ("Tramp") McNally is a 
young comedian of promise. He has 
the mark of a natural, spontaneous 
funmaker. All he needs Is experi- 
ence and advice, which probably 
come to the same thing. Most of 
his present material is dull, but he 
has good spots. The apartment 
house flirtation scene, a nemi- 
sketch, semi-bit that had a set all 
to Itself, has the elements of a cap- 
ital turn standing nlone. McNally's 
business of forcing himself to con- 
sume bad hooch was good low com- 
edy, although overdone. The bit 
has a lot of other stuff worth work- 
inff up that doesn't stand out now. 
Overdoing Is McNally's worst fatilt. 
If ho can develop a casual, unctuous 
style to smooth out his too aggres- 
sive method, he might go a long 

Nate Busby did nicely with a 
blackface part and Benny Moore 
handled wop dialect convinclntfly. • 
The three have a lot of poasibllitl.-s. 
Here they do only fairly well with 
Indifferent material. The fact that 
they got away with such stuff at all 
was the wonder. The show is 
brightly dressed, and in this respect 
tops the average by a good dea', nnd 
the 14 girls are an uncommonly 
willing lot. Rush. 


Mrs. I. H. Herk, who suffered a 
serious accident Thanksgiving eve. 
through injuring one of her eyes 
whllo hammering a nail into a 
t;hlcken coop at thu Herk home at 
I'landome, Long l.slund. was re.'^ting 
easily in the Flushing hospital 
Wednesday, following a major oper- 
ation a few days previously per- 
formed with a view to saving the 

The nnll broke, It soem**, and the 
pointed end lodged in Mr«. Herk's 
eye. At first any pos.sibillty of 
.savin;,' llie .*iKht was despaired of, 
but Wednesday's bulletin soemed to 
indieate tho Oi»cr.iliou had been suc- 

Variety's reviJ<w of "Over the 
ilillK," inentiuned Kdgar Allan Woolf 
• H fhe .lutbor. Kdyar Allan Woolt 
d''., lic v^^ole it. • ' . 



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Afttr 12 court adjournmenta 
Marie Shotwell, as the executrix pf 
the estate left by Mary J. Pierson, 
was last week directed by Surro- 
gate Cohalan to i>ay within ten 
daj-s tha $245.50 funeral biUy^ ren- 
dered against the estate by Oscar 
OR. Severn, undertaker of 62 Pros- 
pect place. New York. The order of 
Ibe surrogate, signed Nov. 29. was 
iKLsed upon a petition filed several 
months ago by Mr. Severn, who 
claimed that no attention was paid 
.40 the payment of his bill, despite 
over 10 days had elapsed since Miss 
^5hotweU bad Qualified as such 

Misa Pierson, who for 30 years 
mas a teacher in Public School No. 
•3, New York, died without leaving 
any relatives on Nov. SO, 1»21. By 
her will, executed three days be- 
fore her death, disposing of an 
estate of about $25,000 in personal- 
ity, which probate was tied up In 
the Surrogate's" Court for a while 
through the filing of objections by 
the state for no otb»r purpose than 
©r making the executrix prove that 
jio fraud or «ndue Influence existed 
in the execution of the document, 
$700 in cash and in personal effects 
were divided among 11 friends, and 
th*? remainder of the property was 
given to Misa Shotwell. 

Marquis de Lafayette Sharkey, 
formerly manager of- a Miner's the- 
atre in New York, and who was a of Booth, Barrett and Mans- 
liold, left- a net estate of $45.65 
■which, under his will, goes to his 
widow, Sarah Nelson Sharkey, of 
ES2a Macon street, Brooklyn, who 
is also the executrix) according to 
fv transfer tax State appraisal of 
hi« property filed this week in the 
Kings County Surrogate's Court. 
"Mr. Sharkej', survived also by six 
nciihew.i and nieces, was a de- 
rcentlant of an old French famjly 
that has lived in New York State 
ttfoie the Revolutionary War. He 
vr.s born in New York City Feb. 22, 
is:7, tho son of Charles and Sarah 
Hhaikey. His grandfather fought 
In tho Revolutionary War and was 
a friend of Marquis de Lafayette, 
n'lom he entertained at his home. 

Katherine Murray, wife of EJgar 
Allen, the Fox booking chief, last 
w.'fk attached the "Words and 
Music" act in Bayonne, N. J., to 
satisfy a $200 Judgment obtained 
fuur years ago. Miss Murray sued 
Ned Dandy to recover the amount 
which she advanced as part pay- 
ni«^nt for an act Dandy was to write 
for her. When he defaulted on the 
i.sjreement Miss Murray was given 
Judgment for the fu'l amount. The 
airnrhment arose from that Judg- 
ment. Kendler & Gold.stein acted 
for the plaintiff. 

Elesnor Griffith is being sued on 
A $700 note by the Commercial De- 
1 < nturc Co. on assignment from Pat 
h'hea. Miss Griffith (formerly the 
V. iie of Bldgar Dudley, tho agent) 
h.'iS filed a defense to the effect the 
note has been satisfied, the receipts 
Hfolcn, that she signed it in Infancy 
(being under legal age) and did it 
for accommodation. ne.«5s & Kahn 
arc acting for the defendant. 

Marion Sunshine had a .suit pend- 
ing H. Robert Law, tlie 
•crnic man, for .some months. It 
was to recover $3,500, the value of 
a ntcklace which the actress dc- 
jio.sited as security on some scenic 
work. week counsel for the 
principals effected a settlement out 
of court and the action has been 

A lighted rigaiet careles.sly 
thrown In a waste basket in the 
oM Lalcuny box office (now used 
VLH a storeroom) of the ronlral. Ne.v 
York, one day last wo«k, wa.-s tli.s- 
rovercd by Charles Smith, the door 
.man, who, uith tlie aid of Harold, a page, extinguished the 

Fred Rael, former st.sgc^manager 
nt tho Harlem opera house. New 
Yorlf. is now a.«slstant houso man- 
ager at Keith's, Far Hockaway, L. I. 
fiene Heron, foimerly stationed in 
Worcester, Mass., is house manayf*!"- 



The trouble with Equity Is one man. The trouble with any orranisa- 
tion of details that does not run smoothly Is one man.. always one man. 
It must get down to one man; the others can't assume all of the details 
nor even a major portion, so everything goes to one man, and finally that 
one man whoever he may be. believes he is the organization; that it Is 
under his single operation, and that the members are his puppets. 

If that is not exactly true of Equity at present, it Is partially so. 
Eventually It may be wholly to, for it is not a theory but a proven fact 
with hundreds of similar organizations. With a theatrical society noth- 
ing is easier. One man In command not worling at his profession 
which should have been actor, and the controHi(% body of the organi- 
zation being actors who do work at their profession, must lead to but 
one end, If everything is not slipping along as t^ugh oiled. There Is one 
man in Equity who wanted to be an actor and that he Is working now 
running Equity, at less than ho would have received had he been a good 
actor, leaves but two conclusions. One is that he was not a good actor 
and the other reason can rest for a while. 

The evidence of one man operation may be seen in different moves, 
blamed upon the organization or affiliations. Professional agitators arc 
not unlike one another in their maneuverings and — manipulations. Their 
strength in an organizaUgn usually lies more In their supposed sincerity 
of purpose than in actuTu accomplishment. Members grow accustomed 
to follow the flag. If the man holding the flag can convince them he 
loves it and them, it's not so hard to remain the holder. Many say every 
organization must have a leader. But any organization should have a 
check upon its leader, a check in fact as well as in the by-laws. 

Equity Is out after -three objectives, to enforce a closed shop in the 
legitimate theatre, and elsewhere If it can; to have its own theatres 
spread over the country, and to have a theatrical paper of its own. How 
successful it win be in either try is left for time to record. 

The closed shop objective must be a matter of some months, sln^^e 
Equity's agreement with the principal manageni does not expire until 
June, 1924. Nothwlthstandlng however, the onc^an direction of Equity 
never allows an opportunity to pass'when he can say for Equity, cither 
with hla own name somewhere in the story, or at the end of it, that 
E>]Ulty Is going to have the closed ^op, willy nllly. Granted it may be 
a statement, or half hearted or \rith tho Intent to lead up to an 
amicable extension of the present agreement with the managerh- — .rhat 
Is the result of all this personal publicity propaganda, with E ju'ty 
blamed for It? That the managers are preparing for a coml»ur. '":< y 
don't know what is going to happen. Perhaps it's not a bluff, thoy - y 
and they can't take chances. Lets make up our mind what is tho bei.1 
thing to do. Shall we close our theatres If Equity goes on strike for a 
closed shop and maintain them through the emergency fund, or .<?hall 
we meanwhile gather enough other actors, even though they are ama- 
teurs, hold them out, and be prepared to cast our plays with the best 
available If the strike comes, and to continue in this way while It con- 

Preparing for a battle with a brass band Isn't considered the best way 
over here. Meailtime and meanwhile the manager is given every Indk-a- 
tlon Equity will Insist upon Its avowed policy. Accordingly the maiiacer 
proceeds on that belief, making it extremely unlikely If the battle does 
eventuate, that neither side will miss belnt; prepared in every pos.sible 
department, with the managers assured of an enormous emergency fu;ul. 
whether Equity is as positive of building up as big a money surplus or 
not. . 


Tho Breadway managert are talking muchly about business being oft 
In the balcony. That means In tho legitimate houses, the problem not 
concemizig vaudeville nor picture theatres. There are as many theories 
advanced to explain the situation as there are persons doing the ex« 
plaining. The problem seems closely aligned with the ticket matter in 
total, and the inability of attractions which are regarded successes to 
draw upstairs appears to be angled to the present system of ticket sal* 
and distribution. 

The arrow points to the buys. Tickets for the hits are allotted tho 
brokers, ofttimes both for the lower floor and the front rows in the bal- 
cony. It Is assumed the average theatre-going wage earner is the class 
of individual regularly patronizing the balcony. If that trade is forced to 
apply to the agencies for balcony seats, it is more than an even chance 
the attraction will be passed up. Balcony attendance for the most part 
must be made up of persons able to spend a certain sum for amusement 
every now and then and unwilling or unable to pay more. Forced to 
pay a premium is particularly obnoxious. . 

Reoently In an elevator two girls of the wiige earning class mentioned 
a certain Broadway attraction. Both agreed It was reported a good 
show and both wanted to see it. But one of the potential balcony buyers 
stated the case. She had heard the balcony seats were all in the agencies 
and she'd "be darned if she'd pay extrar". That may be an Isolated case 
but the chances are it Isn't. 

Which brings up the point — why are the balcony seats placed in the 
agencies? And then again, the balcony's scale is to be considered. Is It 
too high? The successful show\ making it plain there are tickets avail- 
able at the box office, is able to dispose of themjquickly. It's being proven 
on Broadway right now by several attractions.* 

Balcony business is a very necessary thing to the business side of a 
production. A lower floor hit ofttimes will not gross enough to turn an 
acceptable profit. Putting the balcony into cut rates has been shown to 
be good enough business for it brings in certain money, more or less, 
that might be lost otherwise. But if it is necessary to have the upper 
floor scaled lower why not try it right at the box office? . 


Meantime and meanwhile though; Equity has not entirely overlooked 
the managers might prepare themselves. Equity even seems to have 
understood the managers might erect a barricade of non-union amateur 
actors, of both sexe^ and from over the countrj-, drawn mostly from the 
Little theatre movement if not secured In other ways. (This matter of 
Equity, the managers and a closed shop can now be discussed without 
refe^ence to stage hands or musicians' unions, for those unions will not 
take any action either way until the matter is directly up to them, and 
that will be when Equity decides on a strike or Is locked out). Tau that 
doesn't deter the sfngle handed spokesman for Equity from repeating 
Equity will have a closed shop or nothing;. 

— — — ♦ ' . . 

That objective, the closed shop, together with the lurking am;Ueur 
danger may have been the cause of the birth of the Equity Player.*?, a 
plan that could have only excited the managers to greater efforts, had 
It been successful. It doesn't call for a dull mind to glimpse behind the 
Equity Players scheme. If successful In New York, It could be dupli- 
cated in all of tho key cities, with local investment in the form of sub- 
scriptions, the same as in New York. This may have been an E(iuity 
idea of working Into the Little theatre movement itself by thus spread- 
ing out with Equity theatres, taking a few amateurs from tho lo-al ranks 
who could bring In large subscription lists, and also mako them money 
getters for Equity through becoming dues payers. In theory that was 
sublimatlc, for there are a large number oi* key cities in the V. S. But 
that awful but intei-v-ened. Yet it could be called another and vinible 
warning for the professional or commercial managers. 

The Rev. Alexander Irvine, on the back page of an afternoon paper, 
discussing first the theory that one cannot se;ve God and Mammon (the 
:.od of money) both, follows with a 'Psalm for Today," adapted eppe- 
'••lally to the sinning children of Joy and temptation on the "Rialto." 
Whether Mr. Irvine is serving God or Mammon (he says one can't work 
for both) in this, he probably called at the pay window for his wages, and 
thus served himself. • 

In either event, whatever the inspiration of his service, this was the 


Eternal Father, Thou art Lord also of the Great White Way. 
In the midst of influences destructive to the .'^oul Thy still small 
voice n;ay be heard even by those who have gone farthest astray. 

Follow, we pray Thee, with tender solicitude the youths, who, with 
the fire in their bosoms, walk as over live coals with naked feet. 

They are somebody's daughters, somebody's sons. They have 
broken home i\es, and loft far behind the restraints and limitations of 
.1 quieter life. They are here and some of them are fiuttering around 
Babylon with broken wings, as moths in the ilame of a candle. 

In the fierce glare of the lights, in the zone of seductive music, 
where fiesh fiaunts Itself on parade and men and women play with fire 
and laugh the hollow laughtier of the empty mind and sickened soul. 
Lord God be near! 

Equity, like any other organization of its calibre, Is after dues. Dues 
Is Its maintenance; dues must be had though not paid, and dues from 
new members is fresh money. Whether dues must come from strictly 
actors or amateurs who would like to be actors or those who would like 
to call themselves acto-s on the strength of holding an Ejuity paid-up 
card may be beside the point, bet It could be a fact that amateurs hold- 
1j s Equity cards could foist themselves upon producers in the smaller 
places as professionals, and thereby usurp the cast roles professionals 
should have. And yet the Equity single handed direction might esteem 
it more important that the organization should have dues than its bona 
fide profcKsional members should have work? 

As to an Equity theatrical paper, that objective nianlfer,ted itself 
shortly after Equity won its strike in 1919, when it barred Variety from 
its offices. That is known on the small time as the Mp-off. There never 
has been .nn agitator or a propagandist who did not believe he could do 
a great deal more with on organ of his own. It looke<l r"ctty rosy for 
Equity immediately after the strike. It went lo the he;'.d.s of some of 
them, especially the single bander. He saw the world beneath iiis feet 
but uouldnt step caretully, for he didn't care and couldn't see. An 
Equity tluatri al paper was in his mind, like "The Player ' evolved from 
Mouniford's whimsical brnin for the White Rats, and became tlic chief 
v/rerkinp plant of that oricanizaiion, long defunct, but with its fli.irter 
new Equity's Ko at the first excuse the one-man's clique could llnd, 
it induced the barring of Variety from all Equity olllces. Then it i.ssurd 
a month'y "Equity"', ol-o used for perso'ial public.'ity purposes and to t«-ll 
the members what thg sinp:le bander \\a:Ued them to know, kcq^ing 
silent about other niatt<'rs concerning Iviulty, and b( Howing nl Variety 
when Variety published what "Equity"' suppressed. 

Variety does not claim io be a preacher. But it does claim to have as 
much right praying as a preacher has writing In uew.spapers. So, having 
read Mr. Irvine's impassioned prayer for "somebody's daughters, some- 
body's sons," "fluttering with broken wings" "where flesh flaunts itself 
on paAde and men and women play with fire." Variety is worried about 
others who, it seems, are "in the midst of influences destructive to the 
soul," and offers, In spirit entirely as reverent as that of Mr. Irvine's on 
behalf of the "moths' In the flame," the foliowlnir: 

Eternal Father, Thou art Lord also of the narrow path in which 
should walk the ministers and preachers of Your Gospel. 

Follow, we pray thee, with tender solicitude, the soul of the preacher 
In New Brimswick, who, having coveted and stolen his neighbor's 
wife, was found murdered beside her; watch Thou over the preacher 
In Massachusetts, 64 years old, on trial for his liberty, charged by a * 
fifteen-year-old girl member of his fiock with being the father of her 
illegitimate child; watch Thou over the preacher in Georgia whose 
soul left his body after he had murdered his wife and his mother-in- 
law and cut his own throat; watch Thou over the preacher in New 
Jersey who recently eloped with one of his Sunday school teachers 
and set her up to live in a house over which he placed a sign pro- 
claiming the place a church; watch Thou over the numbskull on 
57th street who from one of your altars spews forth slander and 
yellow filth against his brethren, and whose missionary Is now— 
on the wicked "Rialto" — organizing a Manhattan branch of the vil- 
lainous Ku Klux Klan, loudly proclaiming that he is carrying dut 
Your Gospel of charity and kindness— with organized lynch-mobs, 
intolerance and hatred. 

Keep, O Lord. Thine own earthly representatives from the sin and 
shame and crime and scandal which of late have made them profane 
their cloth; and keep them, O Lord, in their pulpits, where they 
belong, and out of the newspapers, where they talk like fools. 

That brings the ohjecilvi's up to date. The objotives may not he 
amiss. If surees.«fiil, but to mako them successful, tho t.'oumil should 
tti p !n rakp .up ftflt fttnrflon »i«i the e<H»trolUng l>ody of i-Vinity, ii't <>ho 

sinuit' handf r take ra:e of the details and tho Council lake cat e of Equity 
as an organization. It is important, much more so than many ni' nil>»r.s 
of the Coiinoil appea^" to believe. 

We were led, Into this through cauHually r'Mding in copy an editotial 
herewith, about Mount ford and his operation of the Kats. Wc told 
E'.tfty on< e upon a 'in;.-^. in i)erson, Vir'f^iy tln)U':;ht v'i Moiinrf(u-d. 
Never liflH an: thing .arisen to alter that opinion, and we s.iy to the Coun- 
cil of K'liiity, not in defiance, not in anger nor In dlsijust -look out for the 
one man cuitrol — never allow a single man in Equity to do to E(iuity 
what Mountford did to the White Hats. It Is possible and it l.s pre- 
ventable—don't let history repeat itself. 

If the above prayer "works," there may soon be as few first-page 
divorce, murder, adultery and loose-talk scn.-aLions about ministers aa 
there are about the somebody's daughters and somebody's sons on Broad- 
way, where the wickedest playhou.«e "flaunting the fiesh" on the street 
V. as recently given over freely for the Word of God when tho police ran 
a girl missionary off the streets. 


How easily one can be forgotten once his usefulness is exhausted was 
demon.strated this week when the story wetit around Broadway about 
the i)Jtiful condition, financially and physkally, of one of the former 
directors of the White Rats. This man. formerly reputed comfortably 
v.cll off, had sacrificed his time, his money and his health In the battle 
f(»r the Hats standard; had stood with his bn.k to the wall when the 
chilthouse was taken over by the X.itional Vaudeville Artists, and through 
It ^ill had been loyal and faithful to the Mountford regime, believing 
Mountford right, whether he was right* or wrong. 

"Blacklisted" and generally elassed as .in asTltntor throviph his unfilnch- 
ing loyalty to the Mountford, forced to for<iTo his stage work be- 
4ju4i«e be found all doors closed as l.,n.', i^ ii,. held tl)"sc }»< !i( fs. his sav- 

Inj,'.^ account slowly dwindled down to tli" final penny, he found himself 
rliysicaily broken with no way to tuin^for immediate relief. The em- 
blem he swore everlasting allegiance to had ^folded up. Tho organization 
It repre;;ente(i had been Juggled around until It meant nothing. And 
yet :\li untfoid has another organization, still trying to eke out dues 
from such as this man. offering them nothing beyond a tankard of hot 
air and .some richly sounding promises. 

In his hour of distress they were nowhere to be fottnd, they didn't come 
to tl)<j front With any substantial offer of aid, and last week it looked as 
though overtures would be made to the N. V. A. to help the victim of hie 

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Friday, December 8, 1982 





Two Schemes Before Managers — McBride Favors 
Manager Control and Weeding Out of Undesir- 
ables — Can't Figure Profit in Leblang's Idea 

Before the directora of the Pro- 
ducing Managers' Association Tues- 
day, two plans for clearing up the 
theatre ticket selling situation were 
presented. The proposal of Joseph 
Leblang for the establishment of a 
centralized ticicet agency, in which 
the nianagers would be interested, 
was presented by Leblang. John 
McBride of the agency of that name 
was invited to suggest a plan, it 
being opposed to the one agency 
Idea. Both plans, however, called 
tor the elimination of "buys." 

Before any measure can be adopt- 
ed it will be necessary for a vote 
before a general P. M. A. meeting, 
but the indications point to a system 
of managerial control of the agen- 
cies. It is doubtful if the central- 
ized agency idea will be attempted, 
though there may result weeding 
out of certain brokers. 

Leblang stated he had an option 
on. the corner t)f 45th street and 
Broadway, formerly occupied by the 
Greenwich bank, the rent being 
llOOiOOO yer year, and that branches 
could be established. There wore 
some directors who favored the plan 
but others expressed doubt as to its 
practicability. It is understood Le- 
blang estimated he could sell 15,- 
000,000 tickets for a year on a mar- 
gin of 10 cents premium. Later it 
was stated that the fire laws gave 
the capacity of Broadway's legiti- 
mate theatres at 55,461, without 
counting the Hippodrome and Madi- 

son Square Garden, and that, there- 
fore, it would be necessary to sell 
full capacity f6r^ nearly 800 days. 
That it costs over eight cents per 
ticket to be put over the\w)unter by 
a broker without overheacl and ex- 
traordinary expenses was also stated 
and that further cast doubt that 
agency ticket selling could be ac- 
complished on a 10 cent premium 

McBride appeared before the di- 
rectors accompanied by Tom Nor- 
ton of the Tyson & Co. Agency. 
McBride was asked to propose a 
plan whereby conditions would im- 
prove. McBride stated the brokers 
(22 in all) be given tickets on bale, 
with full returns permitted and the 
tickets always under control of the 
theatres. That all the agencies 
agree not to sell at more than 50 
cents premium and |hat where 
brokers were found disobeying they 
would be cut off from further al- 
lotments. The broker stated the 
agency field could be easily policed. 
He declared he was not seeking to 
divert business to his own agency 
and asked that if the plan were 
adopted, offenders were to be given 
plenty of opportunity to conform to 
the rules before harsh action be 

One of the directors stated the 

plan was the exact proposal made 

by McBride a year ago which the 

broker stated was correct. At the 

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Star's New Play Surprising 
Management to Gross 
, Takings 

"The Wheel of Life." starring 
Elsie Ferguson and produced by 
Marc Klaw, Inc., slated for Broad- 
way this montli. will be kept on 
tour all season, its Broadway en- 
gagement being set back until next 
fall. The measure of the attrac- 
tion's business caused a change of 
plans, the ability of the star to 
draw exceptionally even surprising 
the management. The only extended 
booking made for this season is at 
Chicago, where the "Wheel" plays 
four weeks, starting Jan. 7, at the 
Blackstone. It goes to the coast 
from there. 

Last week the show grossed 
around $16,000 in Pittsburgh, play- 
ing to $7,400, for the two perform- 
ances Thursday (Thanksgiving). 
The unusual draw of Miss Ferguson 
was indicated from the start, it 
standing up to important takings in 
the smaller stands, as well as the 
city time played to date. In Spring- 
field, Mass.. It drew $G,600 in throe 
days, and $1,000 more for a similai- 
date at New Haven. 

The Klaw ofHce whs In a quan- 
dary where to spot the "Whcol" on 
Broadway, following the surprise 
hit of "The I,ast Warning" at the 
Klaw theatre. It had been Intended 
brlnglnr: the new play In for a 
limited date, but with business 
holding up on totir, bookings for the 
season W( re made. 


Cleveland, Deo. 6. 

The Abie f<f "Abie's Irisli lloso." in 
real life Wiill.ioe I'ord. has be<'n 
through many .stage mairia.«?os. willi 
divint'H of throe desiomlnations oili- 
ciating. Hut last Monday ho was 
one of the i>rincipals in a real wel- 
ding, when he maniod Martlia Ha- 
worth iti St. Arius' ("atliollo Churoli. 
— Miss Hawordi, more of the lain 
William Haworth, former actor, has 
been with "AMo's Irish Hose" duriiif; 
its run at tho iiopuMi*- on Itroadwa.x. 

For six motitlis sir.' has soon Konl 
wedded nij;ht after night with a 
Methodist iniJUKter, a rabbi and a 
Catholic i> omolalin^ to "mfiico 
the knot more binditHi:." Tho couple 
left last Tuosd.iy for Now Yoik. 
where Mr. Ford resumed his role in 
"Abie's Iri^li Itcse." 


Penny Flipping Decided Warwick's 

Robert Warwick remains In the 
trio cast of "To L»ove" which stars 
Grace George and has Norman 
Trevor featured. In addition to War- 
wick. The latter's appeal to W. A. 
Brady that $750 a week was not 
enough for him out of town led to 
a sporting suggestion from the man- 
ager. It was that they toss a coin. 
If Warwick won the toss, he was 
to receive $850, but If Brady won. 
his salary would remain at $100 

Warwick lost but contended he 
still would be embarrassed If there 
was not a tilt in the weekly stipend. 
William Boyd was engaged to re- 
place Warwick, but there was not 
sufficient time for rehearsals. Ac- 
tor and manager finally got together 
before the show left New York last 
week for a four -week booking in 
Philadelphia. Warwick agreed to 
play out the Philadelphia time and 
It is believed he will remain with 
"To Iiove" for the remainder of the 
road time. 

The salary agreement for Phila- 
delphia calls for Warwick to receive 
$750 weekly If the show does not 
exceed a gross of $10,000. If It 
beats that figure, he is to be paid 


, Cynthia Teal, former foster- 
daughter of the late Ken Teal, who 
has been receiving double page pub- 
licity across the continent in Hearst 
and syndicate S.iturday and Sunday 
papers, was offering herself last 
week to Broadway managers for an 
engagement. She claims to have a 
trained concort voice and to be only 
IS years old. 

Despite tho tremondf)U«' pul)licity. 
some 30 full pages in all of hor 
"confessions" of how she was 
"trained to fiooco rich society" by 
.Mrs. Teal, who is jiow In pri.'on in 
Switzerland, li>o salary .she ankod 
was surprlsinijly niiid. 


The start of reb oalrsars ToF 1 b o 
Sam II. IfaiTis projluctlon to sii:i 
the Dun<"an Sisters is set for 'l^c-. 
18. Both Borri been added to 
I ho cast. 

The Duncan pirls had to cancel 
their double vaudcvlllo enKagornejit 
in New York Koith li(»uses last week, 
through h(iarKcneas. Thoy liad 
Idayed a double cngageincnt the 
week before. 


One of the big Broadway the- 
atrical managers nM^en asked 
this week by a Variety repre- 
sentative how he stood on the 
proposed centralizing of the 
theatre ticket selling In New 
York, answered ho was In favor 
o( It. 

Some system is required, 
said the manager, who declined 
to be quoted, to protect the buy- 
ing public and stop the agita- 
tion' His opinion was that a 
central ticket office should have 
a box office window and man 
for every theatre represented In 
It, without premium of any 
amount charged. 

He stated such a system 
would reduce gypping, and while 
gypping with the hits might not 
be preventable, it qould be held 
to a minimum. One way to en- 
force that, he said, would be by 
a detective force, with the name 
of the purchaser written by the 
box office man, when delivering 
the tickets, upon the face of the 
envelope, that leading to the de- 
tection If transferred. The the- 
atres have the right, he stated, 
to refuse to recognize trans- 
ferred tickets In violation of the 
conditions printed upon them. 

Asked if any plan did go 
through, when it might be 
placed In effect he replied. "Not 
before next season". 

The manager made It evident 
the central office was to be 
operated in good faith. 


"Chocolate Soldier" Only Com- 
petitor for Local 

St. I.ouis. Dec. 6. 
The fact that "Llghtnin" " (at the 
American) has played three con- 
secufive weeks recalls that only 
once before In local theatrical his- 
tory has this record been made. 
"The Chocolate Soldier" on its first 
visit to this city in 1911 set the 
record which "Lightnin* " now 

In the same year "Little Miss 
Brown," & comedy, played three 
weeks, but the piece did not have a 
consecutive run, there being a week 
intervening between each of its 
three visits. 


"Take • Chance" Not Rehearsing. 
Postponed Without Data 

Although the cast wa« called to- 
gether for "Take a Chance" last 
week, rehearsals were postponed, It 
being said the producers had decided 
not to ready the show until a Broad- 
way house was assured. The score 
was written by Harold Orlob, who 
is interested in the management, the 
words being by H. I. Phillips, a col- 
umnist on a New York daily. Orlob 
stated rehear.«<als would start soon. 
' The title of the show is slgniflcant 
in light of the reported promotion 
dinner held at the Casino in 
Park. I'ersons Invited to subscribe 
to tlie stock were tho guests, and It 
was raid $80,000 lu\d been pledged. 
How much of that in actual cash 
was actually put up is not known. 
It is reported the supposed stock- 
holders liave not set come across. 


Hecasting is Koing on with "The 
Wiiolo Town's Talking." the John 
Eniorson-Anita I..00S adaptation of 
a foioif;r» piece and produced by A. 
H. Woods. The show closo<l in 
yciaiilon after o|>etii!ii; tliere. with 
the report paying aboiil eight of the 
pnn iftais would b(!i r^lklUUlKl. ** 

Besidi's the re-casting there will 
have to be consi(b-raMo rewriting, 
it is said, and anotliei title may be 

In the origifial company w»'i*^ 
John Cumberland, WilTam Kf>sello. 
Wyunoy <;roonstreet, \lvlan Toltir. 
Jessie Haii)li, I^eo l\*-\.(j, \ iol* I 
Dunn. Ilazol Turnoy, Amy Ongley, 
Harold Salter, Gladys Frazin. • 


The plan of a centralized 
theatre ticket office, submitted 
by Joe Leblang to the members 
of the Producing Managers' 
Association, Is reported to en- 
compass more than Greater 
New York, on tho original lines 
laid down by Leblang. 

A Leblang system Is to be 
devised, If his selling scheme Is 
favorably acted upon, to extend 
the sale of the central ticket 
offices' membership or sales 
card (at |1 per year), to all of 
the principal cities, for local or 
Interchangeable use. 

The proposal Is said to be 
that in St. Louis, for the ex- 
ample, the holder of a card 
would be given any preference 
possible at a local box office of 
a legit theatre booked with at- 
tractions from New York City, 
or the St. Louis holder of the 
card, when In any other city, 
would stand in ttie same posi- 
tion for attention as though a 
local holder. 

In this manner It Is expected 
that such speculating as may 
be done In any other city will 
be curtailed to an extent by the 
Leblang system, and similar 
complaints by theatre goers 
such as may now exist in New 
York and Chicago will be done 
away with. 

The $1 charge Is expected to 
make the office's revenue with- 
out limit. 


Boston Critic Decides to Turn to 
Dramatic Production 

Boston, Dec. «. 
Fred Mclsaac, for eight years dra- 
matic editor and critic of Hearst's 
Boston papers and tha "Post," has 

left Boston to go to New York and 
enter ihe dramatic producing busi- 
ness. He Intends to Invest his own 
savings and is about to form the 
United States Play Producing Co. 
He has no definite plans beyond 
that, no script or star that he has 
gone wild over. He just has an Idea 
that producing is a good business 
and he proposes to start In it. 

Mclsaac has had some experience 
as a manager of concerts and sing- 
ers. Beyond that It Is not known 
that he has ever been an impresario 
or manager. 

Kick Young, once critic for the 
"Traveller," has succeeded him here. 


Buffalo, Dec. 6. 

All signs of the present YJddish 
theatre season in Buffalo point to a 
revival in popularity of this type of 

The second performance of the 
Hyman Jacubowitx Company at the 
Majestic Sunday broke the house 
record for a Jewish production. At 
11.50 top, the gross went over 
11,600. with the house completely 
sold out long before the curtain. 

The demand for seats for coming 
attractions is said to be the heaviest 
in 15 years. 


Chicago. Dec. 6. 

New Year's eve prices are already 
coming in for consideration from the 
legit managers. 

"Music Box Itevue" will get $8 at 
tho Colonial. "Bombo" prices have 
not been selected, but |10 Is most 
likely. "Partners Again," at the 
Kelwyn, will draw |5 for the lower 

The managerr. are working out 
their ideas nnd only one surprise 
will come, according to the reports 
now i)revalent. 


Ta>lor Holmes will be starred by 
♦ Ih' .^elwyoK in a new mystery play 
Oil lied "The Hear Car." to be the 
Clirislmab card at the Solwyn, Bos- 

H*»lmos has been Jointly starring 
witii Fiiiuce.^i White in "The Hotel 
.Mf)UHo." which closed on the sub- 
way circuit last week. Miss While 
is reluiiiiug to vaudeville next wo<'k 
at the (Vntial, Now York, featured 
with a Shubert unit show. 


$75,000 Reported New Rental 
Paid Bimberg Estate — Dis- 
pute Ended 

The Shubcrts will continue ten- 
ancy of the Astor, New York, under 
the terms of a lease executed be- 
tween the managers and the Bim- 
berg Rstate. The lease agreement 
is said to cover a long term and Its 
consummation terminates the dis- 
pute over the rental of the house, 
the owners of which claimed early 
In the fall to have received larger 
offers than that made by the Shu- 

The new yearly rental Is said to 
be 175,000, the sum offered by the 
managers. The owners claimed of- 
fers up to 190,000, the Shul>erts set- 
ting up a counter claim the bids 
were nbt bonaflde and that their 
sub-lease save them the right of 
optional continuance. 

The new lease is reported calling 
for the payment of a sum equal to 
two years' rent, one-half to be the 
first year in advance %nd the re- 
mainder in payment of the final 
year. It la understood the Bimberg 
heirs have "cut a melon" on the 
Astor deal, It being the first praAts 
the estate has received on the 
property. Carrying charges are un- 
derstood to have absorbed the rents 
obtained from the original lease. 

The Astor was purchased by the 
older Bimberg from the Astor Es- 
tate and was leased to Wagenhals 
& Kemper. When « the latter firm 
retired from producing some years 
ago the house was sub-leased to 
Cohan & Harris and subsequently 
sub-let to tho Shuberts. who hav« 
since conducted It. The original 
yeArly rental is said to have been 


Author, at Longport Home* 

Dashing Off Rhyme on 

Critics. Report 

■ ■ . - % 

George V. Ilobart is reported 
readying another "critic's Christ- 
mas carol," following up his "Nico- 
demus" of last season, which was 
widely commented on. Tha play- 
wright's contributions to various 
shows then appeared to have af- 
fected the reviewers adversely. He 
repaired to his home at Lorgport 
(Atlantic City) and sprinted off a 
voluminous ode, which he published 
in pamphlet form and sent to the 

Hobart's ability to dash off rhyme 
Is prodigious and It Is all the easier 
when he takes the critics as a top'c. 
A yardor two Is nothing for him on 
that subject. 

The particular spark that whetted 
his appetite this season was a com- 
ment winding up one critic's review 
of the "49ers," which was panned. 
The finale of the criticism men- 
tioned walking out In the Nov€'mber 
base and hearing "the laughtT of 
George V. Hobart coming from 
amid the housetops." George V. 
had thought the critics were off 
him for a spell, but that crack 
made his fingers Itch and he rushed 
back to Longport. 


Change in "London** Play in Chicago 

Lumsdcn Hare will stop Into the 
role of "Sir Percy" in the Cliioago 
company of "So This Is London" 
late this week. Hare closed Satur- 
day with "The Field of Ermine," 
which starred Nance O'Neil and 
which cflosed and was brought in 
from Elmira, N. Y.. Saturday. Tho 
latter attraction was an adaptatioa 
from tho Spanish. 

Tho "London" show openri at 
Cohan's Grand with I.awrenco (Irant 
In the "Sir Peroy" character. About 
the middle of the week. John 
Meehan, stage director for Cohan, 
.stepped into the part, and continued 
until Hare Joins. the show. _ — 

Hodge's Play in Second House 

Chicago, nee. fi. 
William Hodge in "Kor AH of I's" 
, ,may be removed to another Chleaijo 
theatre, following tho filling of the 
allotted time at the l^a Salic. 

"The Demi-Virgin" is schedub d 
for the La Salle week before Christ- 



Friday, December 8, 1822 



Through an unusual clrcumstanre Variety Is obliRed to publish a con- 
troversy arising between Its local representative and a resident manager. 
Aa & rule such a matter Is ignored, on the ground the controversy Is 
•olely local. Here however the request by the manager to bar Variety's 
representative and the consent of the home ofnce to the request were 
circulated by other theatrical managers In the same city. That circu- 
lation in the form of a copy of the home onice's letter, sent to Variety In 
New York, was presumably circulated by the resident manager or some 
one else, in collusion with him, or It may have been done in connivance 
between the manager and a ticket speculator. 

It happened in Chicago. L.ou fTouseman is the resident manager who 
wrote his home (Woods') office in New York requesting that llalperin 
of Variety's Chicago office be barred from the Woods theatres (Woods' 
and Apollo) in Chicago. The complaint by Houseman was based upon 
Halp«r:n having, afier returning two first night tickets for the Woods 
theatre without explanation) sent to Variety a story. Houseman might 
resiKn from tho Woods employ through having connected with an ad- 
vertising service in Chicago. Houseman alleged Ha'perin had sent in the 
eton' maliciously, that he (Houseman) Is not Interested In an advertising 
•crvice. and that Variety's Chicago office sought to Injure him. 

The Woods office in New York wrote to the New York office of Variety, 
detailing the Houseman complaint and informed Variety Halperin (only) 
of the Chicago otHco was barred from the two Woods theatres in that 
city. It was this letter that reached all Chicago legit managers through 
A copy being .«»ent to each. ' ' 

The Woods letter was replied to by Variety, the paper stating It was 
agreeable to being barre^l from any theatre or anything Houseman might 
be connected with, but it asked the Woods office In New York to modify 
Its order only to the Woods theatre, Chicago, as against Halperin, The 
Woods office rtplied Variety's request for a modification had been con- 
tented to. and the bar against Halperin was withdrawn from both the- 
atres. To this Variety replied, stating it wished the bar against the 
Woods theatre to stand for the reason Houseman Is connected with that 

Mr, Houseman was alf=o written to by Variety In New York and given 
the name of the advertising service he is connected with -in that city, 
was asked to contirm or deny it. 


The dailies reported the unpleasantness occurring early one morning 
last week between Pat t^omersot and William Ilalli;,'an. 

The Halligan-Somerset row happened in an uptown New York all- 
ri^ht cabaret. It was late in the morning when .Somerset, (who in Eng- 
lish and the son of a titled family), aocompanied by Savoy and Brcnnan 
entered. At another table was the Halligan party. Bill Halligan and 
Bert Savoy commenced to kid across the room. Later Somerset saunt- 
ered over to the HalMgan table and according to the account, hardly 
deigned to acknowledge} introductions. Savoy also walked over, when 
Halligan spoke kindly of Savoy, using his comment as an introductory 
to forcibly express his very decided opinion of Somerset, who stood 
close by. Somerwet retorted in kind or attempted to. but had Just about 
commenced when Halligan flew at him. right across the table, and they 
were separated on the floor with Halligan on top. During tho brief 
melee the account said Halligan had been so very active that Somerset 
couldn't pet set, and the one-sided battle ended that way. 

When it was all over Mr, Savoy informed Mr. Halligan he (Savoy) 
was perfectly disgusted with him (H.illigan), and he (Savoy) had his 
doubts if he (Savoy) would cvt r again speak to him (Halligan). Bill 
Void Bert he (Savoy) was growing too squeamish, but he (Savoy) said 
that was just how he felt the moment, and did not anticipate his de- 
cision would change about him (Halligan). 

The office of Oeorgo M. Cohan regards with some significance the rec- 
ord-breaking eastward run of the "Majestic" which carried the manager 
and his family abroad and compare the liner's pace with that of "Little 
Nellie Keley" and "So This is London". The Majestic beat the best 
previous time between Ambrose light and the Cherbourg breakwater, 
making the run in five days, six hours and 13 minutes as against the 
•'.Mauretanla's'' tin^e of five days, eight bours and nine minutes. The 
Majestic sailed Saturday and arrived 10 minutes past midnight Thurs- 
day. It was the first trip for tho vessel after entering the naval dry 
dock at Boston recently. At the time tons of barnacles were scraped 
from her bottom and new propellers fitted to the shafts. The record 
was a surprise, the captain having said no attempt would be made at 
•stablishing now figures. 

With the talk of ticket speculating, remedies, and the box offices, come 
reports alao of Broadway managers being Interested in the ticket agency 
tii.'^iness, through connections if not directly. One managerial firm Is 
Fa id to have an interest in tiiree dillorent agencies, one a straight 50-cent 
pr« mium office, another one of the gyp places and the other, cut rates. 
Joe LeBlang, the principal cut rater in New York, denies any theatrical 
manager is interested with him. LeBlang has two ticket agencies, known 
as the upstairs and downstairs places of his drug store annex. The up- 
ttairs sells in the usual way without reduction. 

Ticket agencies often In tiie past have bt^en of assistance lO producers, 
by making advances to them whi h were in reality plain loans. In fact 
Bome Of the agcmies have made outright loans to producers but the prc|- 
ducers apparintly don't considyr this entails any obligation on their 
part, other than to repay. 

The intricacies of the ticket agency business though In New York are 
like a maze. They are haid to locate or follow, back or forward. There 
are any number of gypping connections and there is no surprise when 
any of the connections are hn.illy revealed. The producers or some or 
maybe most of them, believe if there Is extra money to be had in theatre 
ticket Felling, the prodiuxr who produces the show is entitled to his share, 
on the theory if box office tickets priced at $3 may be sold as high as $5 
or 16 in a gyp joint, why should not the same buyers be content to pay 
the theatre tiiat amount, or if not, why should the gyps se \ire tickets 
at the box office price or slightly above to reel them over the gypping 
counter at the high bonus? This leads up to tho matter of a straight 
selling agency or the box office slipping <holce locations to the gyps to 
Rccure a gre.'.ttr price tlian cotiUl be had in the original place, although 
the gvppod amount of a necessity must be split. 

This slipping to tho gyps is being practised In Chicago, to an extent 

Where it is said that out there the gpys are being used as wel" to slip back 

■ the unsold tickets that may have been part of an outright btiy. into the 

theatre shortly before show time. That though Is one of the aspects 

hardly understood by other than the spec and the managerial end. 

Meantime the ticket talk will probably go on. always subjet to what 
the producer intere.sted in a ticket agency, may say to the ticket agency 
— asj»ociatr, <lesi»iie what the proUuccr may openly say in a mectmu of man- 


(COntlnue»d from pag^ 11) 
tima the vota on the proposition 
wa« 43 in favor and none aptinst. 
It waa never put in operation, how- 
ever. Just who pigeon-bolcd the 
plan waa not disclosed. 

The Idea of a centralized theatre 
ticket agency boa received plenty 
of airing within the week via the 
dallies and in discussion among 
ticket brokers, the proposal of Joe 
Leblang coming under fire. 

A consensus of opinion among 
agency men, a class conceded to be 
experts on ticket matters, is that a 
centralized office would result in 
not alone failing to solve the ticket 
problem, but would open up the way 
for far worse conditions than are 
now alleged existent to the detri- 
ment of theatregolng. 

Some brokers frankly stated they 
would welcome tho attempt of such 
a ficheme, saying their own little 
problems would be mlnimlzedT con- 
cretely they would be able to han- 
dle only the hits and not be forced 
into buying tickets on attractions 
that they could not sell. That spec- 
ulators would be able to "dig out" 
the tickets necessary is regarded as 
a certainty. One agency man who 
long has been in the business de- 
clared the Lcblang plan would never 
go through. He said: "The man- 
agers themselves are as much to 
blame about tho ticket arguments 
as any one else; in fact, it's all their 
fault. W'hen they get a hit they 
start worrying about the brokers 
and we have to worry about getting 
tickets and then In trying to sell 
them. When the show isn't so good, 
the manager Is quick enough to 
»;end word about pushing tickets for 
his production." 

The agency men see a centralized 
agency impossible as a Joint mana- 
gerial venture that would endure 
apd no improvement over the pres- 
ent system if controlled by an Indi- 
vidual not a manager. That the 
ticket sellers would be reached to 
push tickets for certain attractions 
wouhl be tho natural outcome, the 
brokers say, just as at present the 
sellers in some agencies are 
"slipped" by managers for every 
ticket of a weaker attraction sold. 
Not being able to prevent sucb prac- 
tices, the brokers fail to see how 
the proposed centralized agency 
could flourish. 

In presenting the opinion that a 
centralized agency would not Quly 
not be a solution, but would make 
it eafcier than ever for "gypping" a 
ticket expert who has been work- 
ing on a plan for bettering condi- 
tions along Broadway explained 
that front locations would natu/*ally 
flow Into speculators' hands. The 
process of "digging" counts as a 
"legitimate" method of securing 
•Ickets for hits, whether from the 
box office direct or through other 
agencies. The sales of the latter to 
"diggers'' may be done unwittingly, 
although the frequent operations 
between brokers who receive allot- 
ments regularly and those who do 
not but "gyp 
known fact. 

agency, limiting all sales to a basis 
of 50 cents' premium has no less 
than five men scrutinizing orders, 
the object being to see aa far as 
possible that tickets reach the 
agency's regular customers. Yet 
a speculator has boasted he has 100 
accounts with the standardized 
agency, and the owners know of 
the boast, but are unable to de- 
tect the "sour" sales. 

The McBride agency, when Invited 
to express an opinion on the I..e- 
blang ticket plan for one big office, 
refused to comment, although In 
Leblangs proposal to the Produc- 
ing Managers' A.^sociation the Mc- 
Brides were invited to co-operate in 
the plan. That agency was the only 
one sn;;gested for participation. 

In the past the McBrides have 
g(ine on record again«t a central- 
ized a.gency. It is also known that 
certain managers Invited the Mc- 
Br des to form such an agency 
some time ago. They rejected it as 
an error in method and Impractiral 
of working out, saying the obje.tlon 
of managers as Individuals alone 
would defeat the project. The Mc- 
Bride organization widely advertises 
its policy of a 50-cent premium 
policy only. Its owners bave stated 
they arc not against tho elimina- 
tion of other agencies, but tliat the 
latter could Improve their business 
volume by following a similar pol- 

"" just the same, is a 
Broadway's b'ggest 

•Uted, whlla tha raports that cer- 
tain managers ara Intareated In 
one or more ajranclafl further com- 
plicate! tha Lieblanc proposal 

The angle of membership cards 
costing fl per ysar. entitling bear- 
ers to buy tickets in the proposed 
centralised agency at box office 
prices. Is discontinued by some 
brokers who state the actual reve- 
nue so derived would not make the 
agency profitable. Belling for 10- 
cent premium, as proposed by Le- 
blang, is similarly considered. It Is 
understood the fee for charge ac- 
counts is not regarded favorably In 
agencies where that system now at- 
tains, but principally used as a de- 
vice to weed out bad accounts. 

Ticket men state that 90 per cent, 
of the sales In the premium offices 
are made on a 50 per cent, premium 
basis. Their idea is that good shows 
will always brin^ big prices, al- 
though there is a way to control 
most of the tickets for such attrac- 
tions. The solution la right with 
tho managers. 

The ticket agencies as a distinct 
service to the theatre and the pub- 
lic is recognized as an adjunct by 
many clear thinking managers. It 
is doubted whether the present sys- 
tem of agencies will be disturbed 
without matui'e consideration. That 
experimentation with the ticket 
matter would be harmful is also 
recegnized and a definite decision 
that would overturn the developed 
methods would be sure to find a 
number of important members of 
the P. M. A. opposed. 

Control of the agencies instead 
of radical or impetuous attempts at 
mandatory direction Is the more 
likely result of the managerial de- 
liberations which were started this 
week In the P. M. A. quarters. A 
committee composed of A. L. Er- 
langer, Sam H. Harris, Lee Shu- 
bert, Arch Sehvyn and Augustus 
Thomas has the ticket matter In 
hand. Tuesday a meeting of the 
boar<^ of directors of the P. M. A. 
received the committee's report and 
also the detail of the Leblang pro- 

Before definite action is taken, 
however, the ticket situation must 
come before a general meeting of 
the P, M. A. and any radical move- 
ment would attain only after a vote 
by tho members at large. Intima- 
tions are that if a proposal for a 
centralized ticket office is accepted 
it could not become effective until 
next season, which If true disposes 
of tho matter for the present. A 
leading producer whose consent to 
a radical move would be necessary 
has left town for an extended stay, 
though It Is possible his proxy has 
been agreed on. 



After a more or less havurdoiui 
few .months, the Robins Player% 
in stock at the Orpheum Theatre^ 
Montreal, have closed. 

The Robins Players, headed by 
Edward Robins, played several suo« 
cessful seasons during the summer 
months at the Royal Alexandra, 
Toronto. When L. A. Solman, leesee 
of the Toronto house, took over tha 
Orpheum in Montreal, a policy of 
stock was decided upon, and the 
Robins Players were heralded 
broadcast throughout Montreal. 

The first few weeks' business waa 
fair, but rather below the expecta- 
tions of those interested In box of- 
fice receipts. Then a gradual falling 
off became very apparent. The In- 
dividual members of the company 
were very satisfactory, and the 
playgoing public found little fault 
in this direction. The choice of 
plays, however, emphatically did 
not appeal to the average stock au- 

As to the future policy of the 
house, it is probable that a new 
stock company will be installed, 
which will split the season between 
Montreal and Toronto. 

Tho Orpheum Theatre occupies a 
unique position in the local theat- 
rical world. It is recognized to have 
the best location in the city, and 
started its career as Bennett's 
Vaudeville House. Later it con- 
tinued the vaudeville policy under 
the name of tho Orpheum, and when 
the Keith vaudeville went into the 
Princesa Theatre, a stock company 
headed by Charles Mackay aiid 
Lillian Kemble, now in pictures, waa 
engaged. This company, under tha 
able stage direction of the late Percy 
Meldon, created a record, and for 
two successive years did capacity 
business. \ 

Since that time, the Orpileum has 
been more or less of a white ele- 
phant. American wheel burlesque 
was tried and failed; a French stock 
company essayed to do business and 
also failed. Then Solmon, of To- 
ronto, leased the house, with the 
result that the fu^re of the Or- 
pheum is once more problematical. 

Dec. 11 will mark the return of 
Jack Kosleigh and Paula Shay to 
the Keeney's Stock, at Keeney's, 
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. N. Y., where 
Corse Payton's Stock has been hold- 
ing forth. The Payton Co, will go 
to the Academy. Scranton, Pa. The 
initial offering under the Keeney 
management will be "The Woman 
in Room 13." Kdna Buckler, Jack 
Connoly and Sussebell Sterling, of 
the Payton Co.. will be retained by 
the Keeney *IMayers. 


Washington, Dec. 6. 

Bob Leavitt has been sent to 

Washington to succeed FL G. 

Craerin aa manager of Poll's theatre, 

where Shubert attractions are being 
presented after a lapse of some nine 
months, during which time the 
house has been practically rebuilt. 
A peculiar situation has been 
created by the advent of Mr. I^eavitt 
inasmuch as Mr, Craerin Is still 
functioning In the capacity of house 
manager, having drawn salary 
throughout the summer months to 
supervise the reconstruction. 

When Mr. Craerin was asked as 
to just what the situation was he 
stated he did not wish to make any 
statement. He was and Is direct- 
ing the local destinies of the house. 
Beyond that he would make no 
statement. Mr. Leavitt was just as 
reticent when questioned, replying 
that he had been sent to Washington 
by the Shuberts to act as manager 
of the house. Hence the chief quea-. 
tion In theatrical circles locally Is 
who is the manager of Poll's. 

Lola May has replaced Ruth 
Harding with the St. Charles Stock» 
New Orleans. 

The Robins Players at the Or* 
pheum. Montreal, closed Saturday, 
with L. A. Solman of the theatre 
deciding to switch Its policy to 
holding melodramatic road shows* 

The Little theatre, New Orleans, 
has begun Its winter season of 
short plays and sketches. Coasts 
are recruited from amateurs among 
the elite. It is an "up-stage" In- 
stitution and receives little consid- 
eration from the populace becausa 
of its class distinction. 

The NIegemeyer stock at the 
Shubert, Milwaukee, has closed and 
Harry Munns. Chicago, attorney, 
states salaries were not paid. Credit 
tors are trying to secure an adjust- 
ment of claims. 

Some unusual fublicity was expected for "The Bootleggers," which 
opened weakly at the VMh Street last week, but one noti« e sent out from 
the Shubert office cau.sed surprise It was to the effect that negotiations 
•were on to present the play in London a« an expose of life in New York 
under prohibition, and with the title. "So This Is New Yorkl" It wa.'< 
Drfnted last week that (Jeorge >f. Cohan, In presenting "So This I^ 
London'" in Ivondon. might call the show there "So This Is New York!' 
nd It was presumed the idea was then borrowed for "The Bootleggers' 
The Item failed to attract the attention of the dallies, with a 





possible exception. 

The Leblang prnporal so far as 
the other agencies are concerned 
caused some surprise, since I^e- 
blang is known as a specialist In 
cut rate selling, but with no wide 
concern with premium agencies. It 
is un<l«'rstood his plan was devised 
ulth the assistance of another 
broker who is well known in the 
advance price field. That Leblang 
is Interested in still another agency 
in the premium field Is generally 


San Francisco, Dec. 6. 

Noticeable congestion In bookings 
in San Francisco because of many 
coast productions that are under 
way bore for the legitimate the- 
atres. Willard Mack Is readyinp; 
'The Red Bulldog" In which he will 
star, while Wilbur Mack Is out here 
with \iil Harris to produce a big 

The Georgia Minstrels also are 
going for a Pacific Coast tour. 

"Abie's Irish Rose," In stock at the 
President, Washington, last week, is 
said to have played fo $15,000 on the 
week. The experiment was tried of 
placing the Broadway hit In a stock 
out of town to take up the time, 
otherwise a road show of the play 
would have made tho city. It is of 
interest to legit producers and stock 



Vhe new musical play for the 
Duncan Sisters, which Sam H. Har- 
ris will produce, has been set back 
until nfter the holidays. It Is re- 
ported the book was unsatisfactory 
and returned to the authors. 

The Duncans have been playing 
vaudeville Since their return from 

Following the death of her father, 
Frank Bacon. Bessio Bacon did not 
appear In "Lightnin' " at St. Louis, 
with Helena Shipman substituting 
until replaced by Marguerite Miller 

Yetta G« fTiMi haa succeeded Nell 
Kingsley as press agent for thS 
Park music hall. 

The wife of Lep Solomon, treas- 
urer of the Mus'c Box. New York, 
has been painfully ill and was to 
have been operated on for lirain 
tumor at tho Nurologlcal Institute. 
She was Improving early this week 
and the operation believed unneces- 
l sai-y. 

Friday, December 8, 1982 




Big Grosses Last Week with Thanksgiving — More 
Dramatic Hits at Prerent Than Usual — Houses 
Starting to Darken, Prior to Holidays 

Last fall, business for Thanksgh^ 
ing week was rated better than that 
of Christmas to New Year's, dis- 
counting the extra performances, 
and this season a similar record is 
likely. Last week's business is 
claimed to be better than the 
Thanksgiv.'nK v/eeU of last year. 
There were not as many exception- 
ally big grosses because the current 
list has not as many musical 
smashes as last season, but it has 
more dramatic good things, and the 
margin of profit earned by tTic latter 
is greater. i v 

This season with Chrintma.*? and 
New Year's day falling on Monday, 
opportunity for theatre "celebra- 
tions" on the eve of the year wll bo 
lack'ng. Up to date, the scales have 
not been made any higher than the 
existing Saturday night rates. 

Last weeli's best grosses of the 
season were accomplished by extra 
■matinees for most dramatic shows 
•and holiday prices for both Thanks- 
giving performances. 
/, The non-musical money leaders 
Were topped off with "So This Is 
London," which drew nearly J22,000 
at the Hudson by playing 10 per- 
formance's. "Hamlet" was a close 
.second at the Sam H. Harris, gross- 
-InK a little under $21,000 In eight 
performances, but with $3 top and 
the holiday scale applying Thura- 

day. "Merton of the Movie V took 
next honors, going to J17,000 at the 
Cort. "Kain" played to all it could 
get into the Elliott for a total of 
$17,200. "Loyalfies" went to new 
flgurcK at the Gaiety, for more than 
$17,000 in. "The Fool" beat $16,000 
at the Times Square without an 
extra performance, which gave li 
an edge on the others. AVlth over 
$14,000 for "The Last V.'arning" at 
the Klaw, over $13,000 for "East of 
Suez" at the Eltlnge and "Abie's 
Irish Ro^e' at Republic, and with 
"The Awful Truth" nearly as good 
at the Miller, the non-musical3 did 
more than flourishing trade. 

Zlegrfeld's "Follies" continued Its 
distinct leadership, poing 
to 537 300 at the New Amsterdam 
without nn extra matinee but with 
a top admission of $5 for Thanks- 
giving r.iprht*;-? performance (regular 
scale Is $4 top here). The new 
"Music Box Revue" went to $31,500 
with one extra matinee. "Little Kelly * performed iierfectly at 
the Liberty, going to a new gross 
of $2G.50O with one extra matinee. 
'Greenwich Village Follies" stuck 
to eight performances and got close 
to $26,000. The new "Bunch and 
Judy" at the Globe got off to a 
Tuesday start, with the pace about 
$25,000 Indicated. 'The Lady in 
(CorKinucd on page 1T>) 




"Fashions of 1923" for Winter 

Garden — ^"Virginia" and 


The Century Is again a bee-hive of 
Shubert production activity, with 
four musical attractions out of half 
a dozen shows being readied there, 
dated to reach the boards in New 
York or on the road by Christmas 
time. V. v:*.-^ ■- ". ^:' ^ -- :/ -':_.. 

The musicals are "Virginia" (first 
called "Cousin From * Nowhere), 
adapted from the German, "Heidel- 
berg" also an adaptation. No. 3 com- 
panjj^ of "Blossom Time" and the 
new Winter Garden show. The 
latter is to be called ''Fashions of 
1923," the series Idea being kept, 
but, the title itself new for musical 
production use. Its opening date 
deiSends 6n completion of the re- 
modeling work being done at the 

Play Brokers Offering Scripts 

Without Royalty to Stock 


Play brokers are trying out a new 
way of getting a line on a new 
play's possibilities. They circular- 
ize the representative stock com- 
pany managers offering the new 
works for try-out productions with- 
out royalty. Although the scepery 
and production angles are neces- 
sarily slighted In the atock try-out. 
the broker and author can get a 
fair idea of the play's chances on 
Broadv.'ay. If the stock production 
is half-way fair, Broadway man- 
agers and backers are invited to 
assume profesi'onal responsibility. 

The inducement for the Broad- 
way producer is that he can see the 
script in the raw, already mounted, 
without having to engage n r€M«t and 
produce, to gather an Idea of its 


Says Griffith Should Indefi- 
nitely Provide for Chorus 
Girls' Transportation 


Asked Cash in Advance Reported 
for 48th St. 



Wife's Alimony Matter Sent to 
Referee by Court .. 



Deputy Marshals Pladbd in Offices — 1920 Unpaid 
Taxes Charges by Government, Ranging from 
$8,000 to $23,000 

• Federal deputy marshals were 
placed Ini six theatre "ticket agencies 
on Broadway on the orders of the 
collector of internal revenue in 
l>Jew York because of unpaid as- 
sessments ranging from $8,000 to 
$23,000 claimed by the government 
as its share of excess premiums 
withheld. It was reported the 
agencies would be sealed, but bonds 
were liled by the brokers pending 
a settlement of the claims. The 
agencies affected are Newman's, 
Alexander, Jacobs, Cohn, Arrow 
and J. L. Marks'. 

The assessments cover the re- 
turns for 1921, at which time the 
commissioner's report showed the 
total tax paid from agencies in 
New York was a little over $L'5,000. 
Of that sum one agency was said 
to have paid in $20,000. A warning 
was sent out, and in the returns for 
1921 the amount paid the govern- 
mtint from New York brokers 
Jumped to $95,000, although it cov- 
ered a season when business was 
much under that of 1920. The total 
payments on tickets sold at a 
premium for the country in 1921 
was $199,000, as against $39,000 for 

The complaint was made by Sol 
ZiAer originally, although he is 
now in the ticket business, being 
in the office of the Tyson Co. (W. J. 
Fallon). The basis of the assess- 
ments is said t be the stubs of all 
agency tickets which were collected 
for eix months from the various 
theatres. Under the law brokers 
must pay the government 50 per 
cent, of all premiums obtained in 
excess of 50 cents. On the allega- 
tion the hlx agencies failed to do 
so, the asae smentH were computed. 
It is reported the burden of the 
1iccu.«?ed brokers fs—^o prov©^ ilie 
government wrong In Its contention. 

When Zuber recently ro.«<ignetl 
from governmer.t service and wa."« 
employed by I'.iIIon, ho wa:< placed 
in charge of a new ofTlct^ in the 
Lotigacre buildi.ig. formfiiy occu- 
plfd by Tyion's ' Fift'.i Avenue." 
The plan of tiie oni«e was to hf 
opposition ( ut r.Ttes, but th;it was 
dropped and the «.tTice l.^ Erllins (•x\ 
a premium basis. 


Marion Davies, the star of "When 
Knighthood Was In Flower," has 
bought the special matinee of "Mer- 
ton of the Movlesv at the Cort thea- 
tre on Christmas day and has ar- 
ranged to invite as rhany wounded 
and disabled soldiers as the house 
will hold to make up the audience. 

"Mertbn of the Movies," by the 
way, is In big demand for benefits. 
The performance at tha Cort on 
Tuesday, ^Tan. 6, has been bought 
by the committee that is arranging 
a benefit for the Bentwood Convent 
for Catholic Girls of Brooklyn and 
Long Island and that same week, 
on Friday, Jan. 19, the Jacob Rils 
Settlement has taken the entire 

The American Osteopathic So- 
ciety.too, has booked a perform- 
ance for Its members and their 
families exclusively, during the 
week of July 4 next, when It holds 
its annual convention here. 

In the Supreme Court, Brooklyn, 
last Friday, on the inotlon of 
Frederick E. Goldsmith, attorney 
for Mrs. Mary Carr. to reopen^ the 
dicmi:rtal of Mrs. Carr's motion to 
punish her former husband, for con- 
tempt, in failing to pay alimony 
awarded under her decree of divorce. 
Justice Lewis reversed his previous 
decision, and ordered the matter be- 
fore a referee for final adjudication. 

Mr. Goldsmith presented an af- 
fidavit by Mrs. Carr, averring a 
general release of all alimony claims 
held signed by her was secure^ by 
misrepresentations of Carr and his 
attorney. Harry Saks Hechheimer. 
Emanuel Morganlander, an asso- 
ciate of Hechheimer's appeared for 

The amount of unpaid alimony Is 
over $17,000 at the present rate of 
$4M.00 monthly. Mrs. Carr, through 
Mr. Goldsmith has started other 
suits against Carr, under one of 
which Carr was obliged to file ball 
of $5,000 before leaving with 
"Partners Again" for Chicago last 
week. Carr furnished ths bail in 
the form of Liberty Bonds and other 

It is said Carr will be required to 
return to New York from wherever 
the show is playing to attend the 
hearings before the referee. 

"Hospitality," the Equity Plarers* 
second lu'oductlon try, is lIMed for 
another week at the 48th St., cut 
rates figuring In the attraction con- 
tinuing a week or so longer than ex- 
pected. There has been announced 
a comedy called "Why Not?" by 
Jesse Lynch Williams, as the suc- 
cessor, though the ckact date for 
premiere is uncertain. 

•that Equity would welcome a 
visiting attraction at the 48t!i St. for 
a time at least was current along 
Broadway. ^ Two attractions ar« 
said to have irought the house re- 
cently. One was "The Field of Er- 
mine," which closed last week on 
tour. Reports are that Equity in- 
sisted on rent in advance, which 
caused the deal to fall through. 

Fund Benefit March 18 in Chi 

Chicago, Dec. 6. 
The Actors' Fund benefit will be 
given at the Auditorium on the aft- 
ernoon of Friday, March 16. , 

Chicago, Dec. 6. 

Two of the chorus girls who cam* 
to Chicago from New York with/" 
D. W. Griffith's "One Exciting 
Night," which had Its Chicago first '. 
showing at the Illinois, did not tak«< ^ 
advantage of the offer of A. H. Var- 
ley, company manager, to return 
tlicm to New York with tho other 
girls, but seek throug/n the local 
Equity office here to have their 
tickets to New York assured them 
in the event that a position they 
have taken with a Chicago attrac- . 
tion might not eventually take the 
girls to New York. 

Mr. Varley's contention is that 
the girls were engaged under a 
contract assuring their return to 
New York, but with no thought 
they would seek another engage- 
ment while In Chicago; that tho 
Griffith company stands ready to 
fulfill its contract to the letter, but 
could not think of depositing tick- 
ets or their equtvalemt with, tho 
Chicago office of Equity to guaran- 
tee against a contingency such as 
the girls foresee. 

The Equity Chicago office sees. It 
differentl}', presupposing tho girls 
might go out with an attraction 
from Chicago which could eloae. say 
in Arlsona. and pay fares back to 
Chicago. In that event the girls 
would need fares to New York, and 
the position is taken by Equity that 
the "One Exciting Night" manage- 
ment should gxiard them against 
this contingency. 


Ralph W. Long. wh<f, for tU« sec- 
ond time within a year, was strick* 
en with pleuro pneumonia, wa« 
reported resting favorably at his ' 
home, the crisis having been passed 
last Friday. 

It will be several months befora 
Long will resume his duties as gen- 
eral manager for the Shuberts. 

Physicians advise a trip abroad 
when he has convalesced. 



Recently Formed Branch of Four A*s Agrees with 
Hungarian Producers — Can't Rehearse After 
Two Weeks . 

Author Bests Actor at Gambling— • 
Judgment Qivon Assignao 


A melodramatic farce by Augus- 
tin McHugh will be the first legiti- 
mate contribution- of Arthur Klein 
to the New York stage. 

The piece is entitled 'Five After 
One." and will shortly start re- 

Mr. Klelri. who Is tho general 
manager for Shubert vaudeville, 
produced a unit show for the circuit 
this season, with Gertrude Hoffman 
heading it. During a lay-off on the 
circuit (laf>t week) the unit show 
played a tplit between Grand 
Rapids and South Tend, at $2.')0 
top, doing a laraei- grci;s than i* 


A. ('.. CDogoy') Andrews CLa 
Tpndre.s.^e*; was wod in Now Vor!; 
l«> Winona Shannon, t?i.*5ter of EHie 
in November, tiie mnrringe being 
unannounced. Hoth are middle aped 
and v.-cll l;no\vn In tho legitimate. 

The groom has appeared in many;id\vay productions and at one 
time played with Richard Mnnsfield. 

Arnold Daly's session at chemin- 
de-fer with Sam Shipman, play- 
wright, in Paris last Jan. 29, set the 
thespian back 11,600 francs, or S1.266 
in American money. Daly gave 
Shipman a check for the amount 
payable at the Guaranty Trust Co., 
New York. Shipman In turn as- 
signed it to Jacob Abrahams, who, 
when he presented the check, found 
it could not be satisfied because of 
insufficient funds. 

These details are revealed In the 
suit subsequently begun by Abra- 
hams against Daly to recover the 
full amounL Daly defended that 
because It was a gambling debt the 
complaint should be dismissed. 

When ordered to appear for ex- 
amination before trial Daly de- 
faulted, whereupon his defense was 
stricken out and Judgment for the 
full amount plus costs and Interest 
awarded Abrahams. 


Ilc;^inald Barlow, now appearing 
in "Shore Leave." the Frances Starr 
show at the Lyceum, New York, has 
brought suit to recover |l,2&0 
against I^ee Kugel. 

liarlow alleges, through Ivcndler 
& (}uld2jtein, that he paid the $1,250 
to Kugel for a half interest in the 
n«t profits of the "Old Lady SI" road 
company, also agreeing to appear 
in the road show in the role of "Abe" 
at 1300 a week. Kugel never sent 
the £how out again, Barlow alleges. 

The Hungarian Equity, a newly 
organized branch of the four A's, 
at a recent conference last week 
with the Hungarian Theatre Man- 
agers' Association, agreed on the 
following contract clauses: 

One week's salary in advance 
must be paid to every member of 
the Hungarian Actors and Artists' 
Association of America and Can- 
ada, -Inc., at the signing of new 
contracts. This Is to be deducted 
weekly at the rate of 10 per cent 
and paid into the Hungarian Equity 
treasury where it Is kept as a se- 
curity until tlie expiration of the 
contract. A minimum $45 weekly 
salary in New York is also pro- 
vided for and |35 on the road, the 
managers to pay fares, sleepers and 
all hotel expenses. -. _ v 

Victor Vajda. representing the 
managers, ali^o agreed, after seme 
wrangling, that Hungarian mem- 
bers taken ill during their engage- 
ments will be paid half salary for 
two weeks; fourth, actors cannot be 
compelled to rehearse after two 
weeks. After two weeks the man- 
agement must pay a sum agreed 
upon In advance, this not to exceed 
half salary. 

Fifth, managers cannot engage 
non- members without the con.scpt 
Of the Hungarian A. A. A. and only 
on the condition 10 per cent, of non- 
meoif***!'!*' saiarles mujet be raid to 
the .t^ick and benefit fund of the 

Aladar Zv.adanyi, the orjjaniza- 
tton'H proHident. formed tlie aaeo- 
ciation three months ago. At pres- 
ent !>0 i>er cent, of the Hungarian 
tl«espians are enrolled as nif mbers. 

Charles Drirvas is vice-prcHident; 
Martin M. Lukars, serretan'. and 
Louis HegeduH, treasurer. 


Robert Fischer snd Nancy Welford 
Replacing Somerset and Day 


Edith Day and Pat Somerset will 
be out of "Orange Blossoms" wheo.' ^ 
the Royce musical show leaves tha 
Fulton for the road Saturday. It 
was reported tha management's 
displeasure over charges ag^ainst 
Somerset brought by Carle Carlton, 
former husband of Edith Day, and j 
aired at Ellis Island, resulted in I 
their withdrawal. But the English 
actor showed a letter from Edward 
Royce to the effect he and Miss 
Day had run of the play contracts 
for New. York and were free to 
withdraw when the show went on 
tour. Somerset stated Miss Da/ 
and himself were entirely friendl/ 
with Royce. ^ i^^ ># 

For several days last week Som* 
erset was out of the show because 
of injuries sustained in a cabaret - 
incident with William Halliffan. 
Walter Regan, who was formerly In 
"Irene" with Miss Day, and who la 
rehearsing with "Glory," w*a * 
hasty substitution. : ' -*fi 

Robert Fischer, who has b«en hi 
the cast, will replace Somerset, tha, 
rotes being slightly switched* ' 
Fischer playing Kitty's uncle In* i 
stead pf the young law yer. Nanc y ' 
Wclford. also in 4H|L "Blorsoms*^ 
cast, will take over.flBi Day's p.>rt,' I 
and Mary Lucas is named for Miss' . 
Wei ford's present role. Flscfter 
broke into the dailies Tuesday tn 
the role of a hero, after a man 
leaped into the Hudson from a 
ferry boat. Fischer and another 
man jumped overboard, but failed 
to effect a rescue. 



Friday, December 8» 1928 

''"' 1 T* ' 


Figures •■timatad and eommant point to soma attractions boing 
successful, white the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in the difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the sizs of cast, 
with eonsequert difference in necessary gross for profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatio 
play is also considered. 

•Abie's Irish Rose,** Republic (29th 
week). Eighth month for a com- 
edy that at flrst was not placed 
In long run division. Lool<s 
planted for season and la pilinR 
up one of biggest profits on list. 
£xtra matinoe last week and bet- 
ter than 113.000. 

"Better Times, HIppo<irome (14th 
week). With two '$8,000 bouses 
Thanksgiving Day and two days 
approximating $15,000. big house 
went to best figures this season; 
takinca between $75,000 and $80.- 

"Blossom Timea," Century (68th 
week). Three matinees, with ex- 
tra matinee afforded by holiday 
sent this second seaaon operetta 
to $20,000. This attraction la to 
be counted as one of best pi'oflt 
makers on Broadway. Third house 
for show. Good cut rater now. 

"Bunch and Judy," Globe (2d week). 

- New Dillingham show opened 
Tuesday. Nov. 28. and is whipping 
Into ahapa. First week's pace 
about $25,00<l. Ought to cling for 

Hihauve-Souris," Century Roof (45th 
week). Morris Gest-Baileft won- 
der attraction still maintaining a 
$5 top udmiaalon scale. Fourth 
program announced for next 
month In celebration of Russian 
attractlon'a accomplishment of 
year on Broadway. 

•East of 8ue«." Bltlnge (12th week). 
Woods' beat dramatic try thus far 
thia aeaaon. "Suez" ought to be 
In going for some time. Got $1S.- 
100 in ulna performances last 

"Fashiona for Man," National. (1st 
week). New Ifolnar play which 
opened rf^veral weeks ago on road 
and won favorable comment in 
every stand. Succeeded "The Cat 
and Canarjr" Tuesday. 

■Follies," New Amsterdam (27th 
week). Ziegfeld show did not 
|i^y extra performance, following 
usual custom of switching mid- 
week afternoon to Thursday 
(Thanksgiving). Leads Broadway 
said last week played to $37,300. 
helped by a $6 admission scale for 
holiday night. 

"Greenwich Village FoUiea," Shu- 
bert (13th week). Also stuck to 
eight performance week, matinee 
switching to Thursday last week. 
Both "Follies" too biff for extra 
matinee, but Saturday prices at- 
tained for eve and on Thanksgiv- 
ing. Gross nearly $26,000. 

■Hamlet,* Sam Harris (4th week). 
First of Shakespearean speclala 
and- over with a bang. Eight per- 
formances last week for nearly 
$21,000. Only "So This Is London" 
got more, latter attraction play- 
ing two extra matinees. "Ham- 
let" is $3 top. Last week's ligure 

■It is the Law," Ritz (2d week). 
New mystery thriller brought in 
Wednesday of last week and get- 
ting favorable comment from crit- 
ics. Got $6,600 in four day.s. Sat- 
urday night being capacity. 

■Kiki," Belasco (54th weelO- Belas- 
co's winning drama and longest 
running attraction of non-musi- 
cals in town. No extra perform- 
ance last week, but piece con- 
tinues tq show marvelous draw 
and got around $15,000 again last 

"Lady in Ermine," Ambassador 
(10th week). Leads the new oper- 
ettas and lower floor support 
steady and strong. Upper floor 
still can be improved. Nine per- 
formances last week sent gross 
to over $19,000, best draw since 

•Last Warning," Klaw (7th week). 
Three matinees last week gave 
mystery play gross since 
opening. Successful first try by 
new producers, with long run in 
sight. $14,300. 

"Listening In," (Bijou (Ist week). 
Latest of dramas with mystery 
factor to arrive. Opened out of 
town recently and brought in 
waiting Broadway house. Bijou 
guai'anteed. Opened Monday. 

"Little Nellie Kelly," Liberty (4th 
week). Went to great gross last 
week with extra matlnoo and hol- 
iday prices figuring. Nearly $26,- 
600 on the week, with only "Fol- 
lies." "Music Box" and "Village 
Follies" more. Latter admission 
scale bigger. ^ 

"Lira," Daly's 63d St. (2d week). 
New colored show and flrst ol 
kind for production house in New 
York this season. Critics attract- 
ed and notices credit It with be- 
ing corking dancing show. Busi- 
ness good and run indicated. 

"Loyalties." Gaiety (11th w^^ek). Ca- 
pacity Bhow of English play- 
wrlgliti ng^ gxtra matinee last 
« .?ek sefll^f 1 uss to best Jiince 
opening, totals being around $17,- 
©•0. Daily matinees for holidays. 

•■Marton of the Movies," Cort (4th 
week). Cinch for balance of sea- 
aon, and looks one of best com- 
edies ever adapted from book, 
credit going to adapters. ESXtra 
performance last week, witb tak- 
ings best since premiere. $17,709. 
^^hi satUnc amart audiaocc . . .-. 

JA_1 _1 i 1 1 

. f.ali'Ciirfkfl 

"Music Box Revue," Music Box (7th 
week). New production played 
extra performance last week and 
again counted exceptional gross, 
takings beating $31,500. That Is 
slightly under Election Day week, 
Wednesday matinee (day before 
Thnnk.sgivlng) not going to ca- 

"Orange Blossoms," Fulton (12th 
week). Final week for this mus- 
ical, with cast changes before 
leaving. Pace has been slowing 
up over since agency buy was over 
and show never was capacity 
draw. Goes to Boston. House 
dark until Christmas, then getting 
"Secret«," English hit. 

*'Our Nell," Bayes (1st week). New 
musical with rural background. 
Oi>ened originally as "Hayseed." 
and was brought back when man- 
agement changed. Reported good 
prr):)erty at out-of-town showing 

''Rain," Ma'xine Elliott (6th week). 
Holds own little place at top of 
dramas in point of demand and is 
selling out for all performances, 
with standees on all floors. Ex- 
tra performance last week for new 
high gross of $17,300. 
"Romantic Age," C<»nedy (4th 
week). Milne comedy of fair 
proportions. Will be withdrawn 
Saturday. •'Gringo" succeeding 
next week. Held to eight per- 
formances last week, when gross 
was little under $7,500. 
"Rose Bemd," Longacre (11th week). 
Final week for this foreign adap- 
tation. Show was listed for 12 
weeks and It was first thought it 
might stick longer. Dropped 
sharply in last month. House 
dark for several weeks, with 
Ethel Barrymore continuing here 
and due in "Romeo and Juliet." 
"R. U. R.," Frazee (9th week). The- 
atre Guild's flrst try which moved 
uptown three weeks ago. Looks 
like money getter, and pace close 
to capacity here. Last week. 
with extra matinee, takings 
around $12,000. 
"Sally, Irene and Mary," Casino 
(14ih week). Rose to big figure 
for $2.50 musical again !ast week, 
with attraction gettirTg break from 
vlnilurs and gross of $18,000 or bit 
better. Increase over previous 
week is notable. 
"Seventh Heaven," Booth («tb 
week). New drama that figures 
to last season out. Box oflflce call 
excellent, and coupled with agency 
support affording business close 
to capacity. Three matinees last 
week for a gross of $14,300. 
"Shore Leave," Lyceum (18th week). 
One week more for Frances Starr 
show, which goes to road. Has 
been moderately successful on 
Broadway and should have profit- 
able tour. David Warfield in 
"Merchant of Venice" succeeds 
week of Dec. 18. 
"Six Characters in SearcVr of an 
Author," IVincesB (6th week). 
Novelty in imported dramas spot- 
ted in small house which has ca- 
pacity of around $6,000 at $2.50 
top. Takings with extra matinee 
last week $5,000. That made a 
"So Jhis Is London," Hudson (15th 
week). Played four matinees last 
week, being only attraction to give 
10 performances. With holiday 
scales applying for Th.anksgiving 
gross went to $22,000, topping all 
"Spite Corner," Little (11th week). 
Making profit though not draw 
flrst indicated. Extra matinee 
last week sent gross to around 
$8,500. Figurea to stay through 
"Springtime of Youth," Broadhurst 
(7th week). Got about best pa- 
tronage last week since opening 
'but has not shown real strength 
nnd is liable to be taken off soon. 
"The Ma.«!ked Woman," Woods 
show, due here at holiday time. 
"The Awful Truth," Henry Miller 
(12lh week). No extra matinee 
here last week, house having 
afternoon performance regularly 
Thursdays. Business moved up- 
ward, gross being near $12,800. 
"The Bootleggers," 39th Street (2d 
week). Comedy-drama founded 
on practices of rum runners. Show 
was given slamming by critics. 
Played to $4,500. 
"The Fool," Times Square (7th 
week). Solid dramatic hit. No 
extra performance last week and 
no extra prices for holiday. Gross, 
however, went to over $16,O00l 
OuKht to stick to big trade for 
"The Gingham Girl," P^arl Carroll 
(15th week). Best figures since 
opening last week and 
grosfi of muslral $2.50 top shows. 
Got around $20,000 without extra 
matinee, but with $4 top charged 
Thanksgiving eve and more than 
srale for two other performances. 
"The Love Child," Cohan (4th 
week). Showed further Improve- 
ment last week when gross ap- 
proximated $12,000. Extra mati- 
nee aided. If added Impetus can 
be maintained, French adaptation 
will stick. 
"The Lucky One," Garrlck ($d 
veelOi Another week for second 


"Scandals" Leads Takings at 

$26,000— Cecile Sorel at 

$5 Top Does Ditto 

Boston, Dec. I. 
Juat when things were shaping up 
a bit rocky for the attractions in 
town, some of them having over- 
stayed for several weeks. Thanks- 
giving with its holiday season came 
along and jolted numerous Boston- 
ians and friends Into the theatres. 

Very good last week at all the- 
atres, and in every case business 
was ahead of that done the previous 
week. There was sufficient pep to 
last from Wednesday until Saturday, 
and the houses for the most part 
were capacity Thanksgiving night, 
the night before and Saturday. 

The punch did not stay in the 
business for the opening of this 
week, however, and considerable re- 
action was noted all over town, 
business bling light everywhere. 

There were changes of attrac- 
tions at three of the legitimate 
houses. Frank Tinney came^ into 
the Sbubert when Bddie Cantor and 
his show stepped out. and "Bulldog 
Drummond" into the Hollls to take 
the plate of "He Who Gets Slapped." 
"The Dover Road" came Into the 
Plymouth after **Anna Christie." At 
the Boston opera house the Russian 
Opera Co. came in for a two weeks' 
engagement, playing at a $3 top. 

"Bulldog Drummond* (Hollls, 1st 
week). Opened fair. In. the final 
week "He Who Gets Slapped" picked 
up $9,000, which was $2,000 better 
than the previous week. *'He'* never 
had much of a Togue here, and the 
break wasn't any better because It 
was playing against "Anna Chris- 
tie'* at a Shubert bouse. 

"White's Scandals" (Colonial, 4th 
week). Business better last week 
than was hoped for. with the show 
grossing $26,000 for the nine shows. 
ThTs was $4,000 better than the 
business done the previous week, 
and about on a par with the money 
the show took in when It opened 

"Captain Applejack" (Tremont, 
4th week). Trailed along with the 
rest, and did $9,000 for the week. 

"Tha Dover Boad" (Plymouth. 1st 
week). While not very strong for 
the opening, la figured for good 
business later on. With the final 
week of "Anna Christie." it went 
up to $12,000 because of the big play 
over the holiday. 

••The Bat" (Wilbur. 14th week). 
Did a bit better than $17,000. Run- 
ning very strong. 

Russian Grand Opera Co. (Boston 
opera house). First of two weeks' 
engagement, playing at ft $2 top. 
Ceclle Sorel, on the week she played 
the house, did about $2^.^00 at a 
$5 top. 



Needed Thanksgiving to Balance for Monday and 
Tuesday — All Houses Felt Early Slump — ^Jolton 
May Remain All Season. 

Theatre Guild show. Milue com- 
edy that n\l8se^. New produr^tion 
to follow at Christmas. 

•*The Old Soak," Plymouth (18th 
week). No extra matinee for this 
moneymaker, which rcgularfy 
plays Thursday afternoons. Prob- 
ably best gross since opening, 
however, with- nearly $15,500. 

**The Tex-s Nightingale," Elmptre 
(3d week). Announcements were 
made at end of first week that 
"Rose Briar" would be the Christ- 
mas card at Empire. Last week 
with extra performance over 

"The Torch Bearers," Vanderbllt 
(15th week). One week more for 
Little Theatre satire. While draw 
has been limited, it has made 
money. Nine performances last 
week for about $8,000. "Glor-" 
comes Christmas day. house being 
dark one week. 

**The World We Live In," Jolaon's 
B9th St. (6th week). Brady's 
"Insect" play held within eight 
performances last week, playing 
to little under $11,600. An even 
break or little profit. 

"Thin Ice," Belmont (10th week). 
Held to usunl number of perform- 
ances but went up bit with gross 
about $6,000. Figures to run 
until first of year, or three or 
four weeks more. 

"Up She Goes." Playhouse (5th 
week). Looking up lately, but 
totals not what musical show 
should get at $3 top to make real 
profit. Eight performances last 
week for over $lir00O. 

"Whisperinn Wires," 49th St. (18th 
week). Enjoyed one of best weeks 
since opening; without extra 
matinee total not much undor 
$10,000. Smart figure for this 
mystery piece. 

"Why Men Leave Home," Morosco 
(13th week). Mentioned for road. 
but Increase -in trade should keep 
this clever comedy in through 
winter. Extra mntihee last week 
for gross of $10,000. 

"Yankee Princess," Knickerbocker 
(10th week)l Finnl week, produc- 
tion going to storehouse. Attrac- 
tion costly to operate and lost at 
average draw of over $13,000. 

"The Doormat," Punch and Judy 
(1st week). Added starter to 
week's premieres. Announced by 

Chicago, Dec. 6. 
Except for Friday night's trade 
being better than Wednesday 
night's (Thanksgiving eve) out- 
pouring, in most cases, traditions of 
Thanksgiving week presented them- 
selves in true form in all of the loop 
houses last week. 

Much did the managers have for 
which to be thankful. The week 
started off slower than anything 
recorded hereabouts for box-ofAce 
receipts for some days, but the an- 
ticipation of what was coming, and 
which did come later in the week, 
probably helped to hide the gloom 
that any auch business as was 
checked up around town for Mon- 
day and Tuesday night would have 
sprinkled around at another time. 

Conditions Monday and Tuesday 
night reached a high peak in the 
matter of empty seats. Not a house 
in town escaped what showmen 
here now consider very Important — 
the tremendous Monday -Tuesday 
..slump. They are treating the sit- 
uation more seriously since It has 
been forcibly brought to their at- 
tention. After the early week busi- 
ness, shows have to sell out the 
last half in order to escape the 
stop clause mark. The concerned 
nights (Monday-Tuesday) are ac- 
knowledged off-nights in any big 
"Jlty. but the Chicago slump has 
tripled its force this season and 
more will probably be heard about 
this angle later in the box-offlce 
reports from Chicago. 

"Music Box Revue" fell to an 
estimated house of $2,900 Monday 
night and only did a little better 
Tuesday night, preventing the costly 
array of talent from approaching 
the "Follies'" business at the Co- 
lonial, despite the overflow patron- 
age on the week-end. This is one 
show this season that must do con- 
secutive record business to have all 
ends meet, for It Is the season's 
biggest gamble without any argu- 
ment. Saturday's matinee drew the 
best business this house has done 
this year at the Saturday matinee. 
Indicating the football opposition 
has vanished. 

At the other two big hits in town. 
"Bombo' and "Shuffle Along.** an 
alarming bunch of empty seats 
were noted Monday night, but the 
Apollo slump hurt the "specs" 
greater than it did the box-offlce. 
To the showman who studies all 
angles of important situations, not 
a solitary complaint should have 
been made for the light business in 
the early part of the week. The 
playgoers were merely w.V*'ng for 
the big chance to. celebrate Thanks- 
giving joys. This celebration came, 
but with the business Wednesday 
night and Friday night fooling 
those who rely on traditions. It 
was Friday's business that went 
high, with the (Eve) trade not 
reaching expectations. A miniature 
fall-off was noted in the Saturday 
night receipts at some of the 
houses, but the "big four" of the 
week ("Bombo," ''Music Box.** "The 
First Year" and "Shuffle Along") 
closed the week with early sell- 

Al Jolson's business stepped fur- 
ther along the path of marvelous 
achievements. His record hasn't 
been marred at all by the worthy 
oppx>sitlon at the Colonial. It's now 
getting to a point where it is un- 
likely that the comedian will be 
even removed for other fields on 
the second designated time — week 
after New Year'a The Shuberts 
want him to play out the season in 

•The First Tear" continued its 
erratic engagement at the Woods', 
this time ascending for a record 
business. The attraction is receiv- 
ing altogether too much "pushing" 
at the hotel stands, at the expense 
of other dramatic shows, to claim 
the long time run hoped for. This 
week and next week will give a 
closer acquaintance with the exact 
"draw" of the Craven piece when 
consecutive record weeks are con- 

all the stronger In the advertise-* 
ments, despite sharp punnlsms from 
some of the critlca^.A line was car- 
ried In the advertisements that the 
attraction would move to another 
theatre Dec. 17, but thla is doubtful 
now, since it iM reported Hodge la 
sticking to the clauses of his con- 
tract, not being obliged to go if tha 
business doesn't fall below a certain 
figyre. Al Woods' "Demi-Virgin" 
is headed for the LaSalle to follow 
the Hodge play, and instead of open« 
ing Dec. 17 the Woods play will, 
probably have to hold off for at least 
a week. By that time It is thought - 
there wUl be a house available for 
the Hodge show In town. 

The Playhouse added to its brief 
engagements — this time with "At 
the End of the World." Ten nights 
is all this play received at Lester ' 
Bryant's theatre, adding to the blr 
losses of the year. "He Who Gets':' 
Slapped" opened Monday, arlth Sam 
H. Harris presenting it. Joseph. 
Gaites is directing the Harris prea*- 
entation, and If ever a show received" 
advance boosting, regardless ot 
what was known about it. the prea** 
ent Playhouse attraction got it« 
There's a personal hope around town 
that Gaites "comes through" with, 
his wishes for this engagement. 

Harry Lauder pulled a capacity' 
clientele at the Studebaker. Seats 
were placed on the stage at several 
of the performancaa, bringing plenty, 
of am ilea to Frank Gaazolo'a face. 
"The Cxxurina" did an even buslneaa 
at the Powera. helped greatly with 
the limited engagement. Doria 
Keane's show was highly praised by 
the critics, and there is reason to 
believe that it would have .experi-. 
enced success with at least four 
weeks more. Otis Skinner arrives 
at the Powera next Monday night. 

"Kempy " made a lot of monev at 
the Selwyn for the attraction own-, 
era, but the piece isn't strong enough 
for the glittering and expensive new 
house. Grant Mitchell hasn't drawn 
here as a star since "The Tailor 
Made Man." and the accumulation 
of facts covering the surplus of 
sniall town plays In town keeps the 
Selwyn from doing the $15,000 with 
"Kempy" that must be done to 
match the expensive ideas conveyed 
in the atmosphere of the theatre for 
modem-day theatrical structure. 

At the other Twin (Harris) "Six 
Cylinder Love" has reached the 
height of its popularity, although" 
there is every promise of a good de- 
maiid for this piece until after th» 
New Year's business is reaped. The 
one and only surprise of this en- 
gagement has been the weak mat- 

"Cat and Canary" continues to 
pile up great business at the Prin- 
cess. "Bill of Divorcement" goes Its 
merry way on the independent 
booking at the Central. "So This Is 
London!" hasn't settled into the 
Cohan stride at Cohan's Grand, but 
there is every reason to believe the 
piece will hold a profitable aver-, 
age for many weeks to come. 

The week's business wasn't any 
criterion of what la the actual 
"draw" of the shows now in town. 
It roust be remembered the high 
figures resulted from Thanksgiving 
week, considered one of the best 
weeks. If not the best week of the 
whokj season. Those shows which 
didn't gather the extra "maauma" 
the past week are threatened with, 
complications in the next thre# 
weeks, but the close students of ^he 
Chicago situation are watching to 
see if the Monday-Tuesday slumps 
creep up to Wednesday, and if this 
happens all hope for the managers 
overcoming the "stop clauses" now 
in the majority of the contracts held 
by shows in town will be lost. , 

Last week's estimates: 

"Bombo" (Apollo, 11th week). 
Cracked 'em for another walloj^ If 
everw there was an individual theat- 
rical institution here Al Jol.ion has 
become it. Torpedoed for $36,700. 

"Music Box Revue" (Co.onial. 3d 
week). Little off Monday and Tues- 
day, but smashed into the $34,000 
class with help of good Saturday 

"Shuffle Along" found some un ^. _, , . .. .^ . ^ - 

expected empty seats Monday and i"aWnee. Promises to hold profitable 
Tuesday but went like wildfire once average for remaining five weeks 
started at midweek, closing Just this ,"*2Ul**',L''*^"'*i'. °^ 
aide of $20,000. another wonderful! Shuffia Along" (Olympic, Sd 
week for the Olympic. I ^eek). Just enough of early week 

"Greenwich Village Follies" mad« ''UnfiP to prevent the record Thanks- 
a lot of excitement at its premiere giving eve and day business to shove 
at the Great Northern, drawing '* '"t" new record. Careful reckon- 
opening figures of $3,600, but went j '"^_gave little short of $20,000. 
Into a frightful slump M.^nday night, '.' ^"'«* Year" (Voods, 4th week)? 
not regaining until Thanksgiving " former business of "Friendly Ene- 
nlght. when it started again, eventu- mies" l.s rernlled correctly. Craven's 
ally holding to draw $18,600. The P'^V ^'^^ $21,600 created new record 
cjjpnrity at the Grerjt Nor'thern for this house. 

saved the * Village" show, which re- 1 "The Czarina" ^Powers. 1st week), 
ceived some splendid attention in ' D't^w repiesenfative Powers opening 
campaigning by both John J. Gar- ; and went neatly over $10,000 mark 
rity and Richard Meaney. ! by sudden call Friday night. Llhn- 

Willlam Hodge's show, "For All '^^d stay helping Otis Skinner 

...<c» o K'— •-•-"• -^ — ..-vv. ^j of ITs," took such an unexpected opens Dec. 11 in "Mister Anlonio." 

Bklward Whiteside for opening spui't at the I>aSalle that the Henry I "8«x Cylinder Love" iHarris. Dth 
Thursday. I Ford indorsement was 'played-up" I (Continued on page U) 


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Friday, December 8, IWt 



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'Dearie" and 'Tangerine" Both Got Around $25,000 
Last Week— "Blossom Time" Run It in Eighth 
Week— "Gold Fish" Jumps Up 

Philadelphia, Dec. «. 
The neck-and-neclc battle of buHl- 
ress between "Tangerine," at the 
8hubert. and "Good Morning Dearie," 
At the Forrest, was one of the most 
interestlne features of Thanksgiving 

Neither show achieved a general 
sell-out record, but both boosted 
their first week records by a couple 
of thous^and dollars. Whatever 
weakness "Dearie" had was In the 
balcony, while with "Tangerine" It 
was an occasional break downscnirs. 
Without an extra matinee "Tanger- 
ine" did about $25,000. while 
"Dearie." which had an extra mat- 
inee Thursday, went Just above 
$26,500. The latter was a gain of 
about $3,500. 

The advertisements now have 
"Tangerine" leaving after another 
two weeks, which will b-ing it to 
Dec. 16, and will proba"bly mean that 
the Shubcrt will be dark the week 
before Christmas, as it was last 
year. There is a chance "Tanger- 
ine's" run may be extended to Dec 
21. "The Passing Show of 1922" is 
the Christmas week booking. 

"Good Morning, Dearie." which 
eame in at the same time that "Tan- 
irerine" did, Js likely to run until 
Christmas (five weeks in all), when 
"White's "Scandals" comes in for a 
two-wock stay. "Scandals" has not 
done so very well the last two year's 
here, and the short booking Is be- 
lieved to be the result of hesitation 
to take a chance on the usual For- 
rest engagement. 

The big surprise in town is still 
"Blossom Time," now in its seventh 
Week, with business still good and 
• advance sale encouraging it. It was 
Reported that this musical show 
would quit after another two weeks, 
but many of the wisearfres now say 
It will run until after the holidays. 
At all events, it will beat "Sally's" 
■tay by a couple of weeks at least, 
though of course the money taken 
in is much less In a smaller house. 
A claim of $21,000 was made by the 
show for last week, but it is not 
likely it quite reached that figure, 
which would mean ultra-capacity 
for a house which is not supposed to 
be able to do more than a few hun- 
dred dollars over $20,000. At any 
rate, that figure was passed, with 
the aid of an extra matinee. "Blos- 
som Time" has gained in gross dur- 
ing each week of its stay here. 

A pick-up was also shown at the 
. Walnut, where "The Goldfish" 
t>Iayed its fourth and final week. 
The stay was considered too long 
for this Marjorie Rambcau comedy, 
and the third week saw a big drop, 
but with the holiday crowds (and 
without the aid of an extra matinee) 
business went up from a scant $7,000 
to over $9,000. The reason for this 
decided Jump is hard to say, as the 
show had apparently worn out its 
word-of-mouth advertising appeal. 

The Broad with "La Tendresse," 
Sione too well treated by the critics. 
In its second week, saw little or no 
fluctuation in the business. An ex- 
tra matinee was given, and the 
iweek's gross was about $11,000. This 
business, while not what Henry 
Miller and Miss Chatterton were ex- 
pected to bring here, is about the 
best the house has had this season. 
•*The Czarina" had a couple of good 
weeks, but "Nice People" was a ter- 
rible flop, and "Dulcy" had only one 
week out four at real money. Ac- 
cordingly, the Broad, which had a 
big season last year, has been a 
weak sister this season. 

The Garrick, which had last 
week's only opening, "Molly Dar- 
ling," paper heavily Monday night 
(in fact, reported to have turned 
away about $500 because of that), 
showed some encouraging signs 
during the week. The critics were 
surprisingly kind to it, both in their 
reviews and in their Saturday chat, 
and that, together with an exten- 
sive billing and elaborate exploita- 
tion. It is fiKured this one will build 
for its four weeks. "Molly Darling" 
and "Tangerine" are playing at a 
$2.50 top, while "Good Morning. 
Dearie," is $3. 

This week saw a new complcxton 
on things theatrical. After a month 
or more with six nf the seven houses 
running musical shows or farce 
comedies, three dramas opened 
Monday. The critics almost to a 
. man chose "Anna Christie" at the 
_ Walnut, although "Chris." from 
which it was made over, played the 
Broad here a couple of years ago. 
"Christie " is in for four weeks, and 
there is a great denl of sppculation 
concerning its success. It la felt 
that if it slumps In its third week 
(Just before Christmas) that the 
holiday infiur will keep the average 
up. "The Monster" is the next 
booking at this house. 

"To Love" opened at the Lyric 

Monday, and would normally have 

drawn the critics and much of the 

attention. As it is, it h;^d to battle 

for notlcs, Ths length o£ ruQ for 

this Grace George play from the 
French has not been announced. It 
Is being watched with Interest in 
view of the engagement of "La Ten- 
dresse," another French play at the 
Broad. The third opening this week 
was a repeat — "Abraham Lincoln" 
at the Broad. This engagement Is 
for only two weeks and is another 
large question mark. 

Following the custom this season 
of first a feast and then a famine, 
next Monday will see no opening:i 
whatsoever — the second time this 
has happened within two months. 
Dec. 18 Mantcll is booked to open 
his annual engagfemcnt at the 

Dec. 25 there will be at least three 
openings (possibly more if "Blos- 
som Time" ends its run" or "To 
Love" finds the going hard), and 
they will restore the preponderance 
of light shows. In addition to 
"Scandals" at the Forrest, this date 
will see "The Passing Show" at the 
Shubert and "To the Ladles" at the 
(Jarrlck. which thus reverts to the 
non-musical after seven weeks of 
musical comedies. "The Perfect 
Fool," v.'ith Ed Wynn, is announced 
for the Forrest Jan. 8. This was ad- 
vertised for last season, but never 

Estimates for last week: 

''Tangerine*' (Shubert, 3d week). 
This show has finally lifted Shubert 
from slough. Business shot up last 
week around '$2!>,000. Doubtful 
whether show stays more than four 

"Abraham Lincoln'* (Broad, 1st 
week). Opened to fair house, with 
prospects doublfuL In for two 

"Good Morning, Dearie" (Forrest, 
2d week). Encouraging signs 
shown, apparently Ju.stifying heavy 
papering Monday night, when house 
was Jammed. In for four weeks, 
considered by many too long. Fine 

"Anna Christie'* (Walnut, 1st 
week). Opened well, with fashion- 
able house and all the regular ortics. 
"Goldfish" went up to something 
Just show of $9,500. according to 
house ofllcials. "Monster," "Dover 
Road" and "Green Goddess" (return) 

"Blossom Time" (Lyric, 7th week). 
Big bu.slness goes on for this oper- 
etta; advance sale causes manage- 
ment to be doubtful about setting 
end for stay. With extra matinee 
last week's gross went up close to 
$21,000. Remarkable for this house. 

"To Love" (Adelphl, 1st week). 
Opened fairly well, and absence of 
real dramas lately figured to help 
business. Length of stay not an- 
nounced. "Just Married" did about 
$5,500 in last week, a slight gain, 
.but not much considering crowds on 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 
nights in most houses here. 


New Orleans, Dec. 6. 

"The Greenwich Village Follies," 
at the Tulane this week, will get 
probably $9,000 on Its reputation, 
about all it brought to New Orleans 
with this production made up for 
the road and such towns as this. 

The stock at the St. Charles this 
week looks to be going at about a 
$6,500 pace with "The Broken 


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week). Just can't seem to draw 
matinee business, but most satisfac- 
tory with $13,500. Should hold at 
least until middle of January. 

"Lightnin'" (Blackstone, 66th 
week). Greatness of run injured 
with sadness of lYank Bacon's 
death. This expected in town where 
great actor died. Not expected to be 
felt as much In Boston as here. No 
attemot to check business. 

"Thank-U" (Cort, 14th week). 
Stepped over $11,000 once more, and 
holding around this figure gives both 
house and show big profit. 

Harry Lauder (Studebaker, 1st 
and only week). Did the usual by 
crowding 'em on the stage at i'"rid;i.v 
night's performance. Wontltrful 
week for the new house owners, for 
$24,446 was ch»?cked off. "Spice of 
1922" opened Sunday. 

"Kempy" (Selwyn, ad week). 
Went strong at week-t-nd, but not 
enough to overcome full force of 
Monday-Tuesday slump in order to 
hit higher tha^; $10,500. House get.s 
first good booking "break" Dec. 24 
with "I'artners Again." 

"So "yiis Is London I" (Cohan*.-? 
Grand, Id week>. Not fully in 
j throes of usual Cohan ."bang suc- 
cess," but Hurry Hidings working 
hard on it. Hit off $l3.60a and 
popularity spreading fast 

"For All of Us," (I.A Salle. 2d 
week). Made sensational spurt and 



Mrs. Fiske's 'Taddy" Fails in 

Draw— "Marjolaine" 


.. Syracuse, K. T., Deo. 4. 

Theatrical patronage In this city. 

as far as the legit Is concerned. Is 

mostly minus. Since "Blossom 

Time" played the Wletlng, there has 

been a downward slump in patron- 
age. "Marjolaine" at the Wi#ting 
for the first half of the week starved, 
in spite of generous advertising and 
even more generous publicity. John 
Henry Mears, owner of "Marjolaine" 
was quite outspoken in his dis- 

On the heels of "Marjolaine" came 
Mrs. Fiske in her new play "Paddy," 
also booked in for three days. It 
opened Turkey Day to two light 
houses, and business Friday and 
Saturday was equally disappointing, 
in spite of the lure of the Fiske 

"Paddy" was not very kindly re- 
ceived by the local critics, although 
they warmly praised Mrs. Fiske for 
her delineation of the morphine 
fiend. The play is tragedy in spite 
of its grim* humor, and ranks with 
Nance O'Neil's newest, "FiiHd of 
Ermine," also seen here recently, as 
quite disgusting. 


Woods Determined Chicago Shall 
8e« It 

Chicago. Dee. f. 

Chicago "Tribune's" editorial of 
the yesteryear notwithstanding, A. 
H. Woods Is going to make another 
Chicago "try" with one of his risque 
discu.s8ed plays. This time it will 
be with "The Demi-Virgin." How 
the piece will be campaigned hasn't 
been decided. 

As the booking now stands In Its 
tentative arrangement, the LaSalle 
gets the Woods attraction. It was 
originally scheduled for Dec. 17 pre- 
miere on the theory that the Hodge 
show at this house wouldn't last. 
The Hodge show has overcome a 
bad start and poor newspaper no- 
tices, sailing strong at the present 
time for a Chicago stay. It is re- 
ported Hodge objected getting out 
of the LaSalle as long as he was 
protected with the terms of his con- 

It now looks as If the Woods show 
will be delayed until Hodge Is given 
some protection by a booking at 
some other Shubert house In town. 
This would Indicate "Demi -Virgin" 
won't come until either Christmas 
or New Year's. But Woods, who 
was here last week. Is determined 
the "stripped poker scene" will be 
observed by the loop, despite the 
tirade waged against "Ladles' 
Night" by the "Trlbune." 


Chicago. Dec t. 

H. R. Socman, manager of the 
Toby Wilson Co.. applied to O. H. 
Johnson, who operates a dramatic 
agency In Chicago, for an Ingenue. 
Bessie Brooks was submitted. The 
agent was authorized to book her 
for the engagement. The contract 
was executed and she was told to 
report at Salina« Kans., for re- 
hearsals Nov. 26. 

When a telegram was sent to See- 
man, he could not be located and 
to date nothing has been heard of 
the manager or the organization. 

ran into $11.R00, fooling everybody 
and fighting hard to stay instead'of 
giving up house. "Deml-Vlrgln" 
booked for Doc. 17. but will prob- 
ably be post|)oned until Christmas 
or New Year's. 

"Bill of Divorcement,* (Central. 
5th week). Went along its quiet 
way, making Just enough profit to 
.'latlsfy Allan Pollock. Reported 
between $5,000 and 16.000. 

"At the End of the World" (Play- 

h'>imp, full and final week). 
Failed to make any response to 
campaign; going out Saturday night 
with "He Who C.ets Slapped" open- 
ing Sunday. Another record brief 
engagement for this house. Report- 
ed around $r>,00n. 

"Greenwich Village Follies" 
(firoat Northern, Ist week). Went 
intr) big call for premiere, drawing 
$.^,,600. but slumprd with thud until 
Tliank.'^giving businesH rallied trade 
f<»r a $18,500 week. This house is 
hard to size up. fooling the checkers. 

"Cat and Canary" (Prlnres.i. I3th 
wf'ek). Punched out gross of $17.- 
00 and will continue high for holi- 
day season, for is "set in" as firmly 
UK any show la town, seeking long 


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Ermlns** sprinted to $10,000. 

Of the $2.50 musicals "The Olng- 
ham Girl" went into the load, with 
over $20,000, Its best week. No ex- 
tra matinee was played, but the 
scale was lofted to $4 top Thursday 
night and there were two $3.50 per- 
formances. "Sally, Irene and Mary" 
responded and took an amazing 
Jump In business for about $18,000 
on the week. "Blossom Time" had 
another big profit week with be- 
tween $19,000 and $20,000 at the 

Preparatory to the new attrac- 
tions dated for the holidays, half 
a dozen Broadway houses will go 
dark starting Monday. "Orange 
Blossoms" will depart from the Ful- 
ton, "The Yankee Prince^" will 
stop at the Knickerbocker, and 
" Bernd" at the Longacre, 
lights going out In all three houses. 
Next week will be the final here of 
"The Torch Bearers" at the Vander- 
bllt, which win be dark a week. 
"The Romantic Age" quits the 
Comedy Saturday and will be suc- 
ceeded by "Gringo", the only pre- 
miere in sight for next week. 

The holiday card Is lighter than 
last year, a sign of the presence 
now of more substantial attractions. 
Christmas Day promises "Johannes 
Kreisier" at the Apollo, "Glory" at 
the Vanderbllt. "The Clinging Vine" 
at the Knickerbocker. "Romeo and 
Juliet" at the Longacre. "The Tid- 
ings Brought to Mary" which is to 
succeed the present "Lucky One" at 
the Garrick, "Secrets" the highly 
touted £>ngllsh drama ^t the Ful- 
ton, possibly a new attraction for 
the 48th Street and ope for the 
Broadhurst. It Is likely the latter 
house will get "Will Shakespeare" 
the Winthrop Ames production on a 
timely subject, due Jan. 1. One of 
the Shakespearean productions ar- 
riving in advance of the pack Is 
'^The Merchant of Venice", succeed- 
ing "Shore Leave" at the Lyceum 
after another week. The Moscow 
Art Theatre will debut at the 44th 
Street Jan. 8. and Jan. 4 Balieff's 
"Chauve-Souris" at tlio Century. 
Roof will offer a fourth program. 

This week's premieres had "Our 
Nell" at the Bayes and "LlstenVng 
In" at the BlJou. both Monday night, 
and both regarded with favor. 
"Fashions for Men" a new Molnar 
play bowed Into the National Tues- 
day and won fine notices. "The 
Doormat' 'an added starter for the 
week was listed for Thursday night 
at the Punch and Judy. 

"Irene" made the best showing 
last week in the subway houses, 
pros^g its class at the Bronx opera 
house by getting $13,500. compara- 
tively better than the excellent tak- 
ings at Newark the week previous. 
"The Hotel Mouse" terminated Its 
tour at the Broad Street, Newark, 
getting $11,600. "The Monster" was 
profitable at the Rivera with about 
$10,000 grossed. In Brooklyn ''The 
Dover Road" got about $9,000, and 
"Nobody's Fool" under $7,000. Most 
of the outlying houses played an 
extra matinee. 

The Buys and Cuts 

A complete list of the buys In- 
cludes "The Lady In Ermine" (Am- 
bassador), "Klki" (Belasco), "The 
Seventh Heaven (Booth), "Aimer" 
(BlJou), "Springtime of Youth" 
(Broadhurst), "The Gingham Girl' 
(Carroll),* "Sal fy, Irene and Mary" 
(Casino), "The Love Child" 
(Cohan), "Merton of the Movies" 
(Cort), "Rain" (Elliott), "East of 
Sues" (Eltlnge). "R. U. R." (Frazee). 
"Whispering Wires" (49th Street). 
"The Bunch and Judy" (Globe). 
"Loyalties" (Gaiety), "Hamlet" 
(Harris), "So This Is London" 
(Hudson), "Little Nellie Kelly" 
(Liberty), "Spite Corner" (Little), 
"The Awful Truth" (Millers), 
"Music Box Revue" (Music Box), 
"Follies" (Amsterdam), "Up She 
Goes" (Playhouse), "The Old Roak" 
(Plymouth). "The Fool" (Times 

The attractions at bargain prices 
numbered 20, with the Shubert unit 
shows at the Central also offered 
there beginning late last week. 
Those attractions offered are "Our 
Nell" (Bayes), "Thin Ice" (Belmont), 
"Springtime of Youth" (Broad- 
hurst), Shubert units (Central), 
•Blossom Time" (Century), "Love 
Child" (Cohan), "The Romantic 
Age" (Comedy), "Liza" (Dalys), 
"Texas Nightingale" (Eimplre). 
"Hospitality" (48th Street), "Fan- 
tastic Fricassee" (Greenwich Vil- 
lage), "The World We Live In" 
(.Jolson), "Hoso Rernd" (Longacre). 
"Shore I^eave" (Lyceum), "Yankee 
Princess' (Knickerbocker), "Why 
.Men Leave Home' ^Morosco), "Up 
She C.ocH" (Playhouse). "Abie's Irish 
Rose" (Kopubllc), "U Is the Law" 
(Ritz). "The Bootleggers" (3Dth St.). 


May Suspend Producina for 
Present — New Houses on 
^ Coast • 

A. L. Erlanger has gt)ne to Los ''. 
Angeles to superintend the plctur- 
lt.itlon of "Ben-Hur." which Gold- 
wyn win produce. Prior to bis de- 
parture he ordered the closing of 
"The Yankee Princess," which goes 
to the store house from the Knicker- 
bocker. New York, at the end of ths 
week, and other Indications are that 
he win not be concerned with fur- 
ther legitimate producing until lats 
In the season. 

In addition to ths "Princess" ven- 
ture Erlanger is reported to b« 
Jointly concerned in "Orange Blos- 
soms" with Charles Dillingham, al- 
though that attraction Is presented 
by Edward Royqe at the Fulton, 
New York. It was first said that 
Royce would have ready another 
musical show to succeed "Orange 
Blossoms" at the Fulton, which Is 
supposed to have been leased to him 
by Erlanger, and remodeled for th« 
purpose of being made a permanent 
musical comedy house. "Blossoms'* 
leaves for ths road, and the houss 
after being dark two weeks will get 
''Secrets,"' an English play, which !• 
highly regarded. Sam H. Harris 
win produce "Secrets.** The Ssl- 
wyns sought It as ths next attrac- 
tion for the Selwyns, but Erlanger 
Is said to havs Insisted ths attrac- 
tion be booked into ths Pulton. 
Whether Roycs wlU try another 
musical Is undeolded. 

The "Ben-Hur" Aiming is ths first 
Important picture project to gala 
the personal attention of Erlanger 
for a number of years, although th« 
picture rights to many of the attrac- 
tions controlled by him and by ths 
Kiaw & Erlanger firm luivs been 
disposed of. Klaw & Erlanger went 
into pictures on a large scale through 
Biograph and tied up about I500.000 
In the making of medium length 
film. The venture with Biograph 
occurred when featured of five and 
six reels sUrted to bs recognised 
as the standard feature length. Ths 
K. & E. films were of 2,000 and I.OOt 
feet, and most havs been on ths 
shelf since making, Ths ons ex- 
ception noted was ths rslease of 
"The Fatal Wedding.". Some of tb« 
K. Jb E. subjects ars said to bo i: 
sought after for re-maklng. 

The writing of ths scenario for 
"Ben-Hur" is ths Joint work of Er- 
langer and Juno Mathls. who cams 
east to confer with ths producer. 
Ths picture rights to ths Wallace 
classic, which toured for 20 yean^ 
were purchased about two years ago 
by Erlanger. Zlegfeld, DllUngham 
and Robert Ooelet (who owns ths 
Knickerbocker building theatre) 
from Marc Klaw, the estate of Jo- • 
seph Brooks, the Wallace heirs and 'I- 
the publishers of "Ben-Hur" in book 
form. The Erlanger Interests ars to 
receive 60 per cent of the profits on 
the picture, and a large sum has 
been paid In advance by Goldwyn. 

While on the coast Erlanger will 
arrange for several new theatrea 
He win sell the Mason Opera House 
and the offlcs building adjoining la 
Los Angelea A new theatre Is 
planned next to ths Alexandria 
Hotel. He may also erect a new the- 
atre in San Francisco. Ths lea<is 
on the Columbia held by J. J. (3ott- 
lob expires next season and a re* 
newal is not Intended. -^ 


ChU'ago, Dec. 6. 
George Ade Is to write a play for 
Thomas Melghan. A Thank<<glvlng 
r^onsultatlon »\as hr>ld at White Sul- 
phur Springs. W. Va.. which Is the 
former home of Oscar Price, promi - 
nsnt In the movie world. 


Louis F. Werba wlU havs two 
productions ready shortly aftsr tho 
first of the year. His production 
of "Bamum Was Right," which won 
favor at ths try-out recently, will 
go into rehearsal again next week. 
Some changes In ths script havs 
been worked out by John Meehaa, 
who will direct, ths fresh presents^ 
tlon. The show is dus for Broad- 
way Jan. 8. 

The manager Is also readying a 
musical comedy called "Adrlenne,** 
for which Seymour Brown wrote 
book and lyrics and Al Von TUzer 
the score. 


The Nefr Amsterdam Roof, which 
was long the locale of Zlegfeld's "'" 
"Midnight Frolics," Is being con- 
verted Into a theatre as planned, 
and has tx^en offered for regular 
presentations beginning Jan. IS. 
The house is open for rsntsi, or 

With the Century Roof also * 
theatre and the Bayes made over - 
several years ago, Broadway is now 
without any roof «nter|»rlss-.whlch 
fiourlshed before prohibition. . ^>i. 



Friday. Decembef t, 19211 





Atlantic City, Pec. I. 

iWarloa Kniffvr Norm* 1.^ 

John Bauer, Jr CheMter Morris 

Sam Mann 

AuffUdtIn Duncan 

CharlvH n<»w ('l.irk 

.Douflaa Wood 

Albert Kruit«»r 
John Daufr, 8r 
iMnirl Drum.., 
TtMOMUi Oral v., 

>••••••• < 

Aaron Hoffman has taken to the 
popular caua« of Capital and Labor. 
Hi» effort waa revealed at the 
Apollo Monday, and as a finale of 
the viewing of the performance, 
produced by If ax Marcin and staged 
hy W. H. Qllnkore. It la at this Ume 
a bit bard t« determine whether 
Mr. HoCTman wanted to b« serious 
at all— or whether he Intended to 
have comedy or farce or burlesque 
of bia subject. From the program 
and a rather strict viewing of the 
play it would seem that he Intended 
to write ik play to bo seriously 
acted, tboroby galninc a comedy 
touch to the subject The laughs 
are plentiful in thia play — inten- 
tionally — and they are heightened 
by a brogue for both tbo leading 

It seemed to bo the genwal opin- 
i<m of aa audience containing many 
sUgo peoplo that the play will be 
II success. It la cut perfectly for 
two leading ma>e comedy roles, just 
a» waa "Friwtdly Knemies.** One 
part is the capltaliat and one the 
laboring man — personal friends of 
long standing in tbo samo business. 
There is opportunity for much 
character work and for i^ frequent 
tear and sohi, 

Few plays that have come to cnr 
stage In the past IS months have 
been so evident^ miscast in their 
leading roles aa this new play. 
Augustin Duncan, an actor of seri- 
ous and firm mien, tried his best to 
smirk and smile through tho capi- 
talistio part with so much evidence 
that it was apparent at all times. 
As bis foil there was Sam Mann, 
one of the best of the German dia- 
lect comedians, who never forgot 
ho was burlesquing, and thereby 
spoiled his part utterly and beyond 
comprehension. Throughout the 
play there was present the feeling 
of something worth while being 
spoiled in tho acting and the pro- 

There were three parts that 
rather saved the piece — an attrac- 
tive stenographer who had no vis- 
ible relation to her burlesque father 
was well played by Norma Lcc. 
Chester Morris used his sympa- 
thetio lerlons mood as the capi- 
talist's son and Douglas Wood in- 
terestingly offered a millionaire 
who had been accused of insanity. 
Charles Dow Clark as a banlter 
who had nd banking personality 
gave one of his regulation parts. 

It is a story wherein the capi- 
talist's son is Inured to the ap- 
plication of the United States gov- 
ernment plan of administration as 
a community method of operation 
of the factory. The holding of 
meetings and "Congress" sessions 
is carried forth to the point of the 
ridiculous with the owner as presi- 
dent and the employes In all other 
ofhces. "When disaster threatens, 
tbo employes come forth with their 
resources to bolster up the presi- 
dent, and the plan turns from the 
impossible to a serious success. 
Before reaching this end it is, how- 
ever, complicated by the slprnlng: of 
contracts for vast stores — for this 
is a canned goods fac'tory — with a 
man who is thought for some time 
to be mentally deranged and there- 
by to have plunged the business 
Into additional disaster. 

As said, the play has larpe enter- 
taining possibilities, properly cast. 


musical comedy string of composi- 
tions, yet there are several numbers 
that are certain to liave a popular 

The story is not unlike many 
other musical comedies which has 
the comedian impersonating a 
wealthy heir and being the focal 
point about which the complications 
are centered. 

Marjorlo Gateson. with the prin- 
cipal role among the women, is a 
stunning looker and possessed of a 
voice that is above the usual, com- 
bined with which are acting talents 
of no mean measure and the ability 
to dance. It is rather too bad that 
she has not more to do in the piece 
as it now standa Maude Bburne, 
another artist of unlimited ability, 
seems wasted on a minor housemaid 
role that doesn't give her sufficient 
scope for ber talents, and L*ionel 
Papo is another player of distinc- 
tion who la also seemingly wasted. 
Allan Kearns and Flavia Arcaro both 
scored, although the characters as- 
signed them seemed rather fruitless. 

However, musical comedies, if 
they have some groundwork of good 
materia), ar« usually whipped into 
stkape. and "The Uttle Kangaroo" 
certainly aeems to have a lot (tf the 
necessary material on wbleb to 
buikL Nnrt. 

ducts a studio for artists^ Amongst 
the others, Edwin Mordant'* Rus- 
sian artist was supe)*b. 

It is almost a certainty that with 
a few minor changes this piece 
should enjoy a run on Broadway. It 
contains the essential characteris- 
tics generally supposed to be in- 
cluded in a play of this kind. 

Clifford Brooke did the staging. 





Atlantic City. Dec. t. 

Recruited from the Parlaian stage 
and of the authorship of Andre 
Picard < American adapter not men- 
tioned) the play which gave up tho 
title for the song "My Man** came 
to life at the Apollo last week. 

For some unaccountable reason, 
the title has been shifted to "The 
Red Poppy," which in this lackadai- 
sical version of the play is merely a 
resort of the underworld wherein 
the second act takes place. In sim- 
ilar relative value were the setting 
and acting of the try out perform- 


Hartford, Dec. 6. 

Henry W. Savage presented his 
new production, "Tho Clinging 
Vine," starring Peggy Wood, at 
Parson's Nov. 30. The book and 
lyrics are by Zelda Sears, while the 
score ia the work of Harold Levey. 
The latter conducted the orchestra. 
Ira Hards staged the production, 
wbilo the dances and other ensemble 
work were handled by Julian Alfred. 

"The Clinging Vine" is tbo un- 
usual in musical offerings; aa a mat- 
ter of fact, it is more of a comedy 
with music than a musical comedy. 
It has a definite plot that is well 
worked out and put over with the 
aasistanco of some exceedingly 
clever comedy lines. Tbo mualcal 
numbers are catchy and clever, and 
'oecmed to win popular approval hero. 

The production Is carried out along 
the usual Savage lines — tasteful and 
seemingly expensive as far as the 
costuming was concerned, at least. 
The indications ftrom the reception 
that tbo piece received hero on the 
opening performance are that it will 
win favor on Broadway. 

Pesrgy Wood has the rolo of a 
clever business woman who ia lo- 
cated in Omaha, where she is the 
wholo works, but comes oast and 
falls into the hands of her modern 
grandmother, who is a social butter- 
fly and who, like the majority of 
grandmothers of today, moves with 
a zip and dances with dash. Before 
the Omaha business woman knows 
it she is drawn into a whirl of social 
activity that has her hopping finales 
and doing the butterfly thing, as are 
the others. In the end her business 
sense returns, however, and she 
manages to outwit u trio of eastern, 
ers who are trying to put over some- 
thing on the younsr man that she has 
fallen in love with. It is a mther 

ance. ^ ^^ 

The piece has many merits «», pretty little comedy tale 'that 'zc"da 
drama and even as spectacle. It sears tells with real finish. 

offers opportunities and with a ca- 
pable cast should have a future. The 
local presentation of Picard's work 
suffered by comparison with the 
perfection Belasco bestowed on the 
initial performance of the same 
author's "Kiki" on the same stage 15 
months ago. 

There was the Princess in a djll- 
llke world, quite bored, the quest for 
her past and the revelation she had 
come from the Apache districts to 
her third mate. Then to the abode 
of her past, to find her in love with 
a powerful stranger who haunted 
her life and fell under her spoil. It 
was a variegated scene witii mu?h 
activity and color. Then back to tho 
boudoir where was committed mur- 
der and proved live and a dramatic 
question marlc ending. 

The cast was headed by Estelle 
Winwood, who did some very dr.i- 
matic moments without filling the 
part as it could be filled, but who 
succumbed in artistic importance to 
the striking performance of Bolu 
Lugoiji, a newcomer over here. Leon 
Gordon did his usual effective play- 
ing very well and there was an ac- 
tive, enthuKiastic overdose played by 
Betty Ross Clark that warranted 
attention. Bcheuer. 

Miss Woods enacts the role as- 
signed her cleverly and gets her 
numbers over in a manner that only 
she c.*in. which fully compen?:.ites for 
her rather llprht voice. Tho balnnre 
of the cast is good and the chorus 
has a lot of pep and is well drilled. 
The dressing is pretty and the stage 
pictures are effective. Neict. 


Peter Jnhaas O. P. Hcsfle 

Ad«le Beth Mmrrin 

L«dy Bdyth0 TreMlder 

Oacar. ......•.• Clark* Blhrwroall 

Lady TiWMt— Osedrlcb 

Phlllp Prank Peters 

aeatluDsa Falrfaoi Bun^Mr 

Paula Hel«B Oatasan 

Adolf Geors* Frenfrer 

Count Kdwla Ntaaadar 

DdMvery Boy Jamca Hac*n 

Domokoa Georc« Frenser 

Santba Fairfax Burckcr 

MftlO* ••••••••••■••••••«•••••• • • JOttB MSS^W 

Maid .' Sedoaia Kiln 

LAdy KathrUM Haden 



Scranton, Pa., Dec. €. 

Michael Anirelo I.«o Carillo 

Newton Carlton Fyrun lU-asly 

Annalwlle Carlton....... Ethet Dwyer 

Ivan .Smlrnofr Kdwin Monlant 

i'arlotta Swift BIythe Daly 


Baltimore. Dec. C. 
Present*-*! at Fords. B» It (more, by Msjor 
C. Anderson WrlRht. Writtt-n by Ma>>r 
Wrlphf In coftjunction with l^rrg^on Olllctt. 

Asfe.Mity F:o-ene«> Karle 

WilllHm Harry Fothern 

HoTon T/Oudpn Tfolpn HcImM 

JiKllte Carey Albert Sackett 

IWtsey liaxall Krtn OHrien Moon- 

Shirley Sherwoot* Orinville Palmer 

Jan«? Ha,xaM Klizabfth Trvlnic 

Frank I,ouden Edwtnl FieldinK 

Walter Garrett Fr*>(l Tiflon 

Carwon Itotley Pett 

Teirord Marriott Jerome Lawler 

nrunton AViinam 

Wa.«»h Phillips Kre^l O. Fenlmore 

MlMi Mix ConaLanofl Hope 

Mrs. Callahan Doro'hy (Jal" 

.Tpffrtef. Coburn. Prosocntor. . . T^weff 

Clerk of the Court ...Paul llenricha 

JudXe of Court Edward Power 

Detective Phil Flanajan 

Here is a frank out-and-out piece 
of propa>?anda directed with much 
force and vim against the Ku Klux 
Klan, hut it is so frankly a preach- 
ment that much will have to bo 
done with it before it really quali- 
fies for a metropolitan success. 

It has its possibilities, and its 
audience will he composed of a cer- 
tain type always interested in such 
stuff, but its appeal can but he lim 

Tommy filoan , Reb<rt Strange .. — 

Alice YounK , Alice Mann j ited, however, if the piece is given 

Sally Young .Mary Meek ^ j.pal production an4 a press agent 

There aneaked into town and the 
National theatre Tuesday, very 
quietly and sedately, an extremely 
interesting and quite important the- 
atrical event. A play by Ferenc 
Molnar. author of "Liliona"; the ad- 
vent of another new producer, 
Maurice 8. Revnea; O. P. Heggia in 
a straight leading man character; 
Helen Gahagan in an outstanding 

Revnea Is an agent and broker in 
foreign plays, handling dramatic 
and picture interests. The name, 
one that a body feels like reading 
backward to see what it speMs. is 
unknown to the public. Revnes has 
dabbled, but nerer before presented. 
In this instance he has aeverikl 
partners, among them John P«ter 
Toohey, manager of thia enterprise. 

Miss Gahagan is the attractive 
amateur who bobbed up in "Manhat- 
tan" (hiter called "Bast Side. West 
Side") and was given a chance in 
"£h-eams for Sale" on the strength 
of it. Both were failures, but she 
was placed under contract to TVil- 
Ham A. Brady. He loaned her for 
this venture, and she plays a diffl- 
cult, romantic dran>atic lead, al- 
most a star part. Including the 
three weeks "Fashions for Men" has 
been breaking in and the entire runs 
of both the former plays, her open- 
ing Tuesday night signalized the he- 
ginning of her eighth week in all as 
a professional actre.^'s. This reads 
like an Arabian Nights romance. 
Yet it happened. And there wasn't 
a tremor of the novice nor a slip nor 
a falter. Those who knew who she 
was, wondered, and those who 
didn't, wondered who she was. 

Revnes gave the Molnar comedy 
a superb staging and showins:. 
"Fashions for Men" le a famous hit 
in Vienna and other continental cen- 
ters. It has neVer been done In 
Knplnnd, however, and the original 
English translation was made by 
I?cnjamln Glazer. an American, who 
also stagetl (directed) the piece. 
This was Mr. Glazor's first known 
activity as a maestro of the drama — 
and his work is intellij^ent, human 
and fine, even though hia American- 
ization as a transl.itor missed; he 
could have kept the Jiuda-Pesthish 
flavor, which he did, and stHl have 
turned in an end here and there 
and faced up a seam now and then 
to quite meet the American tastes. 
And he can still do some judicious 
cutting of conversational minutia 
and detail to advantage; he can al.^o 
fade out on the final kiss without 
the anti-climax now existing in 
.settling up some comp.initively un- 
thrllling business details thereafter. 

Hepgie is well cast, though it was 
strange reversal of the types he has 
so wonderfully well — so famous-ly-* 
done before. He plays an almost 
unbelievably benign, forgiving, af- 
fable, amiable, soft-hearted chump 
— who gets everything he wants at 
last because people just can't resist 
his kindness, sneer and shout and 
laugh and plot as they will. 

When the first act rang down it 
seemed that a classic had arrived. 
There hasn't been a fleeter, tighter, 

more encaginir iuad more craftsman* 
ly first act seen in maybe 20 years. 
It seemed It couldn't possihly hold 
the pace through the two yet t* 
come — and it didn't. The second ac| 
waa fair, the third slightly better. 

With all. "Fashions for Men** baa 
a chance, if it thrives long enough 
to live down that utterly ruinous 
title, which has as much dramatic 
Interest around It as a haberdashery 
ad. If Beaunash wrote a play hy. 
that name, it might have a value- 
but Molnar. the author of "Liliom,** 
who did the weirdest and wildest 
roughneck the afage has ever loved 
— "The Hairy Ap«^ not barred— 
should never. haTe gone to bat ia 
this country with such a title. 

The story la far from the fanciful 
thing that "I^llom** was. It is very 
close to the ground, has to do with 
the owner of a store and his clerks 
and customers, and would be a much 
atronger attraction if it were made 
United States in atmosphere, locale 
and lingo. The Molnar gems would 
not be lost, not one — and there uxm 

Aa a contribution to the season** 
forbidden-word list it could still run 
in ita two--"8educe" and "harlot" — 
which are not con.spicuous and can 
never put it in the big league cuaa- 
Ing class with "Rain" or "The L«va 
Child." anyway. 

The plot centers about the good- 
natured merchant, who gives hia 
wife to his clerk and lets him take 
hia savinga to support her withw 
goes broke and returns to the serv- 
ice of a cheese-manufacturing baron* 
taking with him hia girl bookkeeper, 
whom he Wanta to protect, but who 
goes with the purpose of becoming 
the baron's mistress because she 
craved silk pajamas and stroni; 

The l>aron fires him because he in- 
sists on chaperoning and because 
he corrupts the whole farm by hia 
mercies. They Job him by giving 
him the money his first wife took, 
claiming she had sent it hack. So 
he gets back his store. The girl 
comes to him; sho is on tho verge 
of giving herself to the amorous old 
baron, who has offered her a man- 
sion the moment she steps into it 
(and his arms) hut the saintliness of 
the chump stops her, wins her, and 
saves her — and she starts in saving 
him from himself by running the 
business, collecting the bad accounts 
(she ought to get a good notice In a 
trade paper for that!) and throwing 
out the clerk who stole his flr.<«t wife, 
and whom he had hired back. 

It's a first-rate story and a deli- 
cious comedy. If the action kept 
stepping throughout as it does in 
Act 1, and some trimming would yet 
help much, it would be a hang. 
••Fashions for Men" cannot depend 
on the high-brow element that went 
mad over the lowbrow •■Liliom"; it 
will stand up as a box ofllce comedy 
or not at all. Lait. 


Malvlna llolcombe Jim. Jlmmie Barry 

Mortinser Fiayne John Merkyl 

Pelejf Doolittle Jimmy liarry 

Joshua llolcombe Frank Mayns 

Frank Hart Thomas Conkey 

Deacon Calvin Sheldrake <;ay Nichols 

Helen Ford Kva Clarlc 

AnjjeKne Weeuis ICmnvi llalif 

Chris rvmins Olin Ttowland 

Mrs. Kogera Lorm Sondersoa 

I'eter Swift (•erald Swift 

>ll9t-hai 'Parkoff Adrian Koecly 

liartford. Conn., Dec. 6. 

Leo Carillo, supported by an ex- 

Btlenne Lhival Victor Casnimore 

Walter Ownc....... Kdwaril l^-ster 

Mabel Ketchum Patricia O'Hearn 

Billy Irvinr Allan Kearn;^ 

Henry Crawford Oeorre lYabort 

Caroline Parfltt Flavia Arrara 

Fisher Uarry White. imb 

Kuaan Maurle Eburnc 

<:'harles Ketcben IJonel Pape 

Knld Irvinr Mar)orte CateAon 

Bobby Janet St<^e 

Plana Marlon Hamilton 

Ptioebe .Arline McGUl 

DuMy Donald Ituas 

Porter Jo* Donahae 

pumm • Nick I.Anfr. Jr 

L>ubb Horton Spurr 

The new Oliver Morosco produc- 
tion, "The Little Kangaroo." which 
opened in Stamford last week, came 
to Parson's Tuesday for Its second 
perfornumce. The piece is a musi- 
calised version of "Somebody's Lug- 
gage'* and has James T. Powers as 
the star, he also being credited with 
the authorship of part of the book 
and lyrics. Mark Swan was co-au- 

Ihor on the book, whilo the score 

was composed by Werner Jan.'^Rcn. 
Ned Waybum staged the produc- 
tion splendidly, with an especially 
attractive chorus working wonder- 
fully well in a series of danro num- 

Jimmie Powers is a comedian of 
the old school in musical comi'dy 
and this is a return to iho stuKe 
after an absence of several years. 
He worked hard, but at times his 
efforts seemed to fail of registering. 
Incidentally the book of tho piece 
will have to be cut con8ld*^rably be- 
/ore it la in shape for Broadway. 
The ecore, howevrr. Is dellRhtful 
anudi better than the average 

Alfred Hopper James T. Powers J ceptionally strong cast, opened here 

in his new play by Edward Loacke 
to an auditnce that will long re- 
member his delightfully, clean com- 
edy-drama. Mr. Carillo, with re- 
markable accent and a touch of 
camedy over tho difficulties the 
Itnlian immigrants have with the 
English language, won his. audience 
from beginning to end. In response 
to many curt.nin calls he stepped be- 
fore a house and amazed with his 
perfect diction, outside of the char- 

The play is in three acts, covering 
a period of time designated as one 
month, with the locale in an artist's 
studio in New York. The story is 
of Mike Angelo, who engages him- 
self as a caretaker and artist's 
model and spends his spare time in 
the study of painting. When a con- 
test is announced he decides to com- 

lie and a Russian artist are smit- 
ten with the same girl, Annabelle 
Carlton. Both decide to paint the 
Madonna, replacing the face with 
that of the girl's. Mike is obliged 
to paint from memory, while his 
rival has tho advantage of the girl, 
herself, as model. Smirnoff, the 
Kus.slan, learning of Mike's en- 
deavor, attempts to destroy lils can- 
vas, but fato intervenes and he ruins 
his own effort. Tho truth is fol- 
lowed by Mike winning tho prize 
and the girl. 

Each character demonstrates a 
careful study has been made. Ethel 
Dwyer as the heroine was excep- 
tionally charming and Byron Beas 

is clever enough to start a news- 
paper discussion, then it stands a 
good chance. That is a forecast. 

But in its present state, all Bal- 
timore agreed that it was well-nigh 
hopeless. It is ten-twenty-thirty 
melodrama resurrected with a few 
of the essentials eliminated, and 
with many flowery speeches about 
this grand and glorious country of 
ours, with its splendid Ideals and its 
great accomplishments. This stuff 
is brought in by the heels and 
often dragged out the same way 

showing that it is not well written 
(alid is not calculated to stimulate 
much interest as a play. 

There is a prolog in a klan kavern. 
This is a ghastly set, with a cross 
in the r^ar showing the Interior of 
a red cave. The action starts im- 
mediately. A Negro Is brought be- 
for the tribunal of the organiza- 
tion and scared white — and into a 
recantation of the truth. Then a 
Jew is brought in and given 48 hours 
to stop underselling Christian mer- 
chants. Then an Irish Catholic is 
brought in, and because he tells the 
koo klucks what ho thinks of their 
orRani:iati«n, he is killed off neatly. 
That is the first of three murders. 
And after the murder, the chaplain 
of the klan, a man of (>od, pro- 
nounces a benediction which beats 
any speech that the Egyptian mem- 
bers of the ancient and royal so- 
ciety of motherless mummies ever 

That is the prolog. It has interest 
because Major Wright as.surca ua 
that the ritual of the klan is used 
therein. Be that as it may, the 
ritual of the klan is not dramatic 

Thus the play goes on. It Is 

such stuff seriously, although the 
fart that Major Wright was the 
author of the New York "World's * 
expose gives it additional weight, 
if only for the fact that the "World's* 
expose was used by many papers 
throughout the length and breadth 
of the land. But as a play, it doesn't 
"jell," and needs much work on It to 
really land. It has an excellent cast 
and has a few good ideas in the 
work, but the experienced hand of 
is a good play doctor must be passed 
y, lover it several times to make it at- 

Ed. Davidow and Rufus LeMaire 
expanded their legitmate and vaude* 
ville agency activities early in tho 
season by putting out a imit show 
for the Shubert circuit. It ia 
"Troubles of 1922," which has not 
yet swung into position at the Cen- 
tral. The revue section of "Troubles" 
was regarded aa having good proa* 
pects for development into full 
musical length and is slated to be 
made into revue for Chicago next 
summer. Recently E. Ray Goets 
prepared a rural musical piece called 
"Hayseed," which is the present 
"Our Nell." Davidow & LeMahre 
went further intq the managerial 
end by absorbing, with others, the 
Goetz show, the latter retaining a 
small interest The score writers, 
George Gershwin and William Daly, 
are among those investing. As 
"Hayseed" the show opened for a 
try-out and was brought back for 
recasting last week under the new 
management it reopened Poll's. 
Washington. Davidow A LeMaire 

tain any semblance of a piece of 

dramatic worlc _ _ _ 

Anyhow, Vrtd Tiden is the most [ apparently do not claim full controli 
per cent, villain | their names appearing on the pro- 
vf«« 't *u^ ^«i„ gram as the directors of "Our NelL" 

ley Unpr c a a t d «« » woau who coa- forceful in ita way if one la to take laganda. 

whole-souled 100 

since "The Bad Man." the only 

touch lacking is a sense of humor. 

There is comic relief in the play, 
hut no humor. Florence Earle plays 
the freak noaid and spills cocktails 
over the stage. 

Helen Holmes has the emotional 
role, and the tide of emotion 
sweeps her clear out of the witness 
chair in the trial scene. She and 
the curtain fall together, but she 
does it well and earns her applause. 

Albert Sackett and Fred G. Fenl- 
more bear a considerable share of 
the burden, while Miss Erin OBrlen 
Moore and Miss Constance Hope arc 
pretty enough to grace any stage. 

Some of the local critics were kind 
to the piece, while "The Evening 
Sun" gave It a sound pannlnr- It 
termed it a tenth rate propaganda 
play and said that there was not a 
moment when such a piee^ of drivel 
had a chance. However, several 
weeks ago this same critic called 
Marillyn Miller a prima donna, so 
he may he wrong again. It may 
be only a ninth rate bit of prop- 


Our Nell- is billed as '•a musical 
mellowdrayma." The term was 
coined in the spirit of the "dray- 
maUcsv and it is the intent of the 
authors the audience shaH take it 
that way. The idea of the book is a 
travesty on the ''Way Down East" 
type of play, rural throughout in tho 
atmosphere of the two acts. There 
is a handsome Desperate Desmond 
villain, a pretty country lass who 
was In the city and whom he "has 
In his power-— until just before the 
curtain, the country constable, tho 
deacon who Is going to foreclose the 
mortgage, the willingness of tho 
girl to marry the villain to save the 
farm and the foiling of the good 
looking bad man who was a bucket 
shop operator, with a reward lifting 
the homestead's in«lebtedncss and 
the gal free to marry the hired man. 
The "story" of •'Our Noll" mny 
sound comic but the comedy of tho 
show is far more up to the <' 
actf'rs and the players thrmselves, 
and they delivered at the Bayes 
Monday night (Dec. 4). Goetz may 

Friday, December 8, 1928 



luive had in mind the ducceMful 
Urat act of "The Qittflrham Oirl" 
which amid rural aurroundinca gets 
off to a etrong start, when he order- 
ed the book from A. B. Thomas and 
Brian Hooker. A« the players over- 
top the material, eo do the muuical 
numbers and the score will count 
much in favor of "Our Nell" getting 
on. on Broadway. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jlmmie Barry were 
lifted from a long life in vaudeville 
for two of the ileads, with Mr. Barry 
carrying the weight of the book and 
most of the comedy. Barry's bit 
with the sweet Bva Clark whose 
singing is one of the good things 
In "Our Nell." was a really amus- 
ing scene. It has the pair dishing 
up the neighborhood gossip. Barry 
was the constable, carrying a tire 
pump instead of a cane, the reason 
being that the darn thing hid a 
potion of hooch. When he doled it 
out he said "Al's here," and all New 
York knows Ai as the bootlegger in 
*rrhe Old Soak." In the second act 
Barry had a chance with part of the 
Barrys' vaudoville routine and it was 
spotted to a nicety. Mrs. Barry, 
however, was in a matronly role. 
and the "actress" was played by 
Ijora Sonderson. a/titian haired and 
livefly person. Miss Sonderson is 
new. It is said she ascended quickly 
from the chorus of a Broadway show 
but she impressed as possessed of 
considerable natural- ability. Her 
foiling of lorry's rube was excellent. 

The outstanding comedy per- 
formance — and dancing — were given 
by Emma Haig and Olin Howland 
(brother ^t the Jobyna. in "The 
Texas Nightingale"). They are hick 
BweetheartH all the way, except for 
the dancinp. and it is his idea that 
they get some coin together and go 
to "Louse" Angeles, there to be- 
come plot lire stars. He has written 
several scetiarlos and actn th'^m 
funnily and with tear wringing re- 
sults. Howland entrance on a b"ke 
was one of the best laughH. The 
first of their stepping bits camo 
with "The Cooney County Fair." 
Here tho chorus was well used as 
the freaks and features promised at 
the fair. 

MiRs Haig and Howland had one 
of the f how s best songs in "Walk- 
ing Hon^c With Angellne," in the 
second act. Both did specialty 
dances, with Miss Halg's always 
pretty work earning the best in- 
dividual applause of the evening. 
JHer lisping rendition of lyrics was 
rather in the atmosphere and r^he 
has a cute way about her. Also she 
makes a line team mate for tho 
elongated and comic Howland, who 
never for a second was out of char- 
acter. Both stepped it in a barn 
dance number. Miss Haig made a 
spinning finish and all but tumbled 
over tho footl!ghta. Howland caught 
her. else there might have been an 
accident similar to that which 
forced Migs Haig out of the "Music 
Box Revue" last summer and re- 
sulted in hospital treatment for 

The show's best number is "In- 
genue Baby," which came early in 
the show and was never matched. 
It's a bear of a melody with a novel 
twist, sure to start whistling. "Baby' 
earned all the encores given it. the 
number bringing out the 12 youthful 
choristers in little gingham frocks. 
They looked like young chickens for 
any farm. The eong was led by 
John Merkyl, the handsome villian. 
the one "who ain't done right by our 

Miss Clark, "who ain't done noth- 
ing." but whose grandpap insists on 
forgiving her Jtut the same. ^fol- 
lowed the "Baby" number with* an- 
other corking song, a ballad, "Old 
New England Home." The male 
chorus of six hayseeds formed a 
▼ocal background for Miss Clark's 
laudable effort, which went for en- 
cores. 'It was Miss Clark's oppor- 
tunity and the really only one. A 
duet marked for her and Thomas 
Conkey late in the show was out. 
Mr. and Mrs. Barry had one double 
number, "Little Villages." a lyric 
with the name of many funny New 
England jumping off places men- 
tioned. IJarry was in a production 
number, "Names I Love to Hear," 
principally handled by Miss Haig 
and Howland. 

"Our Nell" was staged by W. H. 
Gllmore and Edgard MacGregor. 
There are two simple sets, ratl»er 
well carried out by Herbert Ward- 
The production is not a costly one. 
the main Idea being a musical nov- 
elty. The opening was a quarter 
hour over time and shortening the 
book would be advantageous. If the 
nonsense of the story gets over, the 
numbers and players will do the real 
Job of making "Our Nell* a Times 
square favorite. Ibrr. 


lUker C. W. fJoorJrIch 

Fisher Rlrhanl .''»• vpn-*>.. 

nyron ChariM I". »at«a 

Yatea John K. M >chu 

Walker John liurr 

John.<^on Jack Th«»n>e 

Rutnuon JampH I^inhart 

DttnnUon Joseph De .<):«rani 

Pair** Thoman H>o«l 

WUHam h UH a M »A. 11. Van Hurcn 

Qorfion Travefjt Hans Kober; 

Ruth Aim* Te": 

JuMtIn VUf^r Ka:ph Kollani 

Lillian U->»e nu dirk 

Throrlorp Ci'mmin^s William Inc«»r»r>|i 

Albert Woodruff Arthur Jloh: 

"Snlfer Kvans ' Alemani-r ()na<>v\ 

J.tmon l>o'an Wallor Wilder 

Edwnnl llar'cy Frank \Vc>itrrl'>n 

Vll»n Valeria Vaiarl" 

BufTalo notices of this. Elmer I* 
Rice's most promising opus bince hi.s 
"On Trial" sensation, were supcr- 
latlveiy glowing, Coupled was the 

fact *^t Is the Law." which debutted 
at the Hits. New York. Nov. M, did 
so only at the expense of the new 
Fay Bainter piece, "The Painted 
Lady," originally scheduled for this 
house. . The conjblnation of both 
happenings pitched expectation 
high. Probably that Is the reason 
the realisation fell shy. Sans the 
heralding reports, sans the fanfare 
and dogtown enthusiasm, this play 
would have been viewed in much 
the same way many another Broad- 
way offering slips onto Main Street. 

The displacement of the Bainter 
play was made possible probably be- 
cause of family connections. It 
isn't likely William Harris. Jr., 
would allow another's show to come 
into his own theatre. But in view 
of Sam Wallach's eponsoring. that 
probably accounts for it. Wallach 
was formerly associated with Har- 
ris and is a brother of Mrs. Henry 
B. Hanrls. 

"It Is the Law" Ave years ago 
would have l>een a sensation, ^ut 
since Rice wrote "On Trial" the 
flaahl>ack idea has been vaudevUled 
and tabloided to death. The idea Is 
no longer new. and Ita resurrection 
In the legit could only be forgiven 
the man who first used it success- 
fully. The story must perforce 
carry the play. This Hayden Tal- 
bot provided, from which Rice fash- 
ioned the dramatic version. It is 
super-villainous melodrama. The 
heavy's villainy Is accounted for by 
pre-natal Influence which makes 
him dread the sight of ftre tongs and 
enables him to stop the beating of 
his pulse at will. These two points 
arc ingeniously, though obviously, 
planted for dramatic assistance in 
the last climax. 

The play is In seven scenes, not 
differentiated into acts, but split up 
by Intermissions into three acts. 
Scene 1 is the card room of the 
Gotham Club. Justin Victor Is re- 
ported pardoned for the murder of 
Albert Woodruff eight years ago. 
This is confirmed by the appearance 
of Victor. Enter also an English- 
man, a club member. For no reason 
whatsoever Victor shoots at the 
Vandyked Britisher. The district 
attorney member exclaims that 
there will be no prosecution for his 
second milrder. The reason is ex- 
plained later after Mrs. Ruth Vic- 
tor starts telling her story. The 
flashback takes the action to the 
Cummiiigs home in 1913. Woodruff 
and Victor are rival suitors. Victor 
fufills his name in the quest for 
Ruth's hand. The maniacal Wood- 
ruff fancies himself wronged and 
vows vengeance In true melodra- 
matic fashion. • 

The accomplishment of his ven- 
geance Is the highlight of the plot. 
Woodruff secures Snlfer Evans, a 
"snowbird" second story man, as 
the real murder victim. He resem- 
bles \Voodruff strikingly, and be- 
cause of this the former plans to 
frame the murder on Victor. 

A court battle lasting these eight 
years still flnds Victor serving his 
life sentence, his wife taken from 
him on the eve of his marriage. 
Victor spurns the governor's pardon 
at first because of Ruth's relation- 
ship to that state ofllciaL He lives In 
the hope the old theory, that a mur- 
derer comes back to the scene of his 
crime to gloat and brag, will vindi- 
cate him. He Is In the firm belief 
the murdered man really is Wood- 
ruff. When the latter returns, with 
an English accent and a goatee, for 
the purpose of wooing Ruth again, 
it proves his undoing. How Ru^h 
was so blind as not to see through 
the Englishman as her former suitor 
ia slid over glibly. The match of 
wita is rather deftly handled. If not 
convincingly, whereby ahe deduces 
how the pseudo murder of Albert 
Woodruff was accomplished. 

The final scene is the Ootham 
Club once again. The membera now 
agree with the d. a.'s declaration 
that Victor will not be prosecuted. 
The reason Is because a man cannot 
be tried twice for the same crime — 
"It ia the law." However, to take 
the Airse of blood off the hero's 
conscience the vIHaIn conveniently 
comes to life, explaining he had 
merely pulled the pulse-stopping 
stunt again. Q. E. D. 

The line reading was noticeably 
high pitched, probably Intended to 
tense the action,' and In a small 
measure accomplishing the thrills In 
the big situations. That these thrills 
could be enhanced by subdued his- 
trionics has not been taken account 
of, although Lester Lonergan has 
made a good Job of the staging 
otherwise. Livingston Piatt's set- 
tings are adequate, but they do not 
provide for as speedy scene chang- 
ing as would be desired. 

The play looks like It will make 
money. An important reason there- 
fore may be that theatregoern will 
probably appi*eclatc being In on the 
murder instead of worrying for two 
and a half hours over "who Killed 

The casting ts consistently high 
grade, all except that of the A. P. 
reporter, who is supposed to scoop 
the town on the story that is bointr 
enacted. K every A. P. ncw.ihotinfi 
treks new.'* in the manner tho X<1- 
iow did at Uie Ilitx the Ass(»ciatMtl 
Prea.s would have to disorganize 
For the re.'^t Arthur Hohl docs the 
most distingui.shing work in the 
hankloss villain part. Alexander 
Onslow did nicely with the "Snlfer ' 
character. Ralph Kellard was a 
satisfying hero, at times a bit too 
heroic. Alma Tell had little to do 
as the heroine, but did that well. 
Rose Burdick handled the other fe- 
male part satiafyingly. Abel. 


JoluMtlMa Cumberland Dodaon lCiteh«l1 

Ifr. Murrlson Olorsle MaJ^ronl 

MlrUoi Adrian Helen FUnt 

J*n*C Vaa'SJoaa Minns. Oocnl>«ll 

John Coomber ■meat aiendtnnlitR 

Hnrrjr Van Sloan . . . ^ Harrv 8tabb« 

WUliam Archer Willteni Kelchley 

Dr. Barhman PraJik Anar«>wa 

Jeti&a Mao Keasoa .....Prank J. Kirk 

Ifeasenser Qeorse Oaston 

Abu • Herbert V^rjeon 

Mr«. P«int>erton Marsarvt Linden 

Recinald I'eifiberton William Davldaon 

OeulTrejr Uerald Stopp 

Offloer C. L>. flhnaraon 

Every Indication of another knock- 
out for another new producer with 
another spook piece. This is cer- 
tainly a great season for the unat- 
tached entries with "The Last 
Warning," "It Is the Law.- "The 
Gingham Girl." "Our Nell." **The 
Torch -Bearers" and other current 
successes operating under banners 
unknown to the keen eyea of the 
lookouta on the Broadway main. 
This one i« offered by "Milton Pro- 

Milton Productions waa orfaolsed 
by Milton Hershfeld. of Trenton, 
associated with the Sablosky 4b Mc- 
Gulrk and Stanley interosts (of 
Philadelphia). The author is Car- 
lyle Moore, who wrote "The Un- 
known Purple." That thriller was 
produced by Roland West. Marcus 
Loew and other vaudeville lumi- 
naries were reported interested. 
Through that connection, directly or 
indirectly. Hershfeld and Moorv 
drifted into association. 

"TWfe Unknown Purple" attracted 
favorable notice, though It was tin- 
can claptrap, and was pulmotored 
into a New York run that made no 
profits. "Listening In" will prob- 
ably do just the reverse. It is 
scarcely likely that the caustic 
critics will treat it respectfully or 
respectably, but It will just as prob- 
ably run on and on and clean up a 
fortune. It is a rare combination 
of hokum and pure art — the art of 
intriguing an audience with elemen- 
tal trickeries and booberizing a lot 
of serious-minded adults into shiv- 
ering and shuddering over a ghost 
story that would challenge the In- 
telligence of a feeble-minded Infant. 

It isn't Ov feeble-minded story at 
all. Not sinre "One Day." in that 
same little theatre, tho Bijou, has 
theVc been as intricate and counter- 
plotted a story untangled. But the 
subterfuges In putting it over are 
juvenile in their simplicity, yet ter- 
rific in their effectiveness — psychol- 
ogically. The audience gasped and 
.suffered. The suspense was In long 
chunks and nobinly breathed. 

The tale sets out with the theorem 
that an old nut, dying, bequeathed 
an eerie homestead and a fortune to 
his nephew with the proviso that he 
carry on Investigations into the 
communication betwilen the living 
and the mortally dead. That is plain 
enough, isn't it? From there It 
brings in the grand-nephew, with 
many complications, and he goes 
through horrors and actual inter- 
views and experiences with ecto- 
plasms, prophecy, second - sight, 
foresight, inspired dreams, and 
everything that could be contrived 
by "listening In on the infinite." 

Moore's other play dealt with that 
childish wish we all have had at 
some age or other — to be Invisible; 
this one takes the other baby-mind 
crave, to know the unknowable. This 
boy is tipped on the market, told of 
railroad wrecks yet to happen, and 
many more uncanny things — and we 
see him get it — by a spirit that 
moves his hand to write. 

It tangles itself into lore situa- 
tions, a murder that turns out to be 
only self - hypnotic imagination, 
scandal, cross-situations, complexi- 
ties and a final happy ending — with 
an explanation that it was all hu- 
man and explicable, an explanation 
so feeble and shabby that it insults 
the very respectable and cunning 
plot it destroys. It would seem 
much better (and dare the plausi- 
bilities rather with complete mys- 
tery than a lame alibi) to leave it 
all on the level — ^a hypothesia of 
actual Intercourse with spirits; as 
It Is. the moral it teaches is Incon- 
sequential and the short last act 
goes- a little way toward dispelling 
what has been built up beautifully 
as a gripping and rattling ghost of 
mysticism and miracle. 

Ernest Glendinning. as the youth, 
makes the plaj^ possible. With all 
Its stout qualities, it would be an 
awful thing if that role were In less 
happy and less able hands. Glen- 
dinning has power and he has poise, 
he has comedy that Is as graceful 
and as creative in pantomime as 
with the aid of the many crack lines 
given him. He Is an upstanding 
fellow and he crashes through, de- 
manding concentration and com- 
manding conviction with every syl- 
lable and stir. • 

Especially as a lover, he Is bully. 
He never pas.sos the ab.soIute prob- 
abllition, and in this one cfl'cct, 
alone, could anyone be entirely hu- 
man in this iiysterica! play, which Is 
drama, tragedy, farce, problem-play 
and Kpirit-fake, all In one. When 
(JlondinriinR Is permitted to be en- 
tirely easy, with m>m*» of the weight 
of the Intinitc and the ectoplasmic 
lifted, he Ih a man down to the 
heols. When the vagaries of th<' 
P(;rlpt carry hlni afi(?l<l, however, he 
steps in whatever tempo the author 
flutterM. He Is the i*ivot of the per- 
formance and the apex of the whoh 

His loading woman. Miss Oombell. 
through her worrisome affectations 
is not as admirably displayed. Th( 
others of the cast work nominally 





I hope you had aa nice a Thanksgiving as I did. I hope you me; as 
many staunch, tried and true friends. I know they were my f cuds, 
because they left their work, places of amusement, nice home^ and good 
dinners to come to see me. I hope you all saw as many pretty flowerailv 
that you had pumpkin pies, candy, fruit, cake and champagne, and got 
as many lettMV, telegrams and cards from friends aa I did. 

I also hope you were privileged to make as many people happy as I 
waa. By dividing what was sent to me with the lesa fortunate people 
In the hospital. I provided soKokes and dellcaciea for a great many 
paiionts. whe. without my contributions, would have had no sign of 
Thanksgiving other \han the very fine dinner which was supplied by, 
the hospital f. too. had dinner on the house and relished It immenselyi.' 
I hope I will always have as good. 

I am very thankful for the telegrams which came early and late and 
were pinned on a screen in my room. The contents of some of them 
afforded great amusement to my callers. One from Nellie Nichols, who, 
a.s you know, la a Greek, read: "I'd like to give you turkey, if I could 
separate It from Greece." 

Constance Talmadge says I may have Greece and Turkey for all ah« 
cares. (I prefer a goose. Connie.) 

Alf Wilton wired: "We have been drinking your health until we neaT:^ 
ruined our own." 

Another friend wired: "If I wasn't too busy workinf, Td come dowa ' 
to tell you about the turkeys in town and on the road." 

Other wires came from E^dgar Allen Woolf. Jenle Jacobs and Paulia* 
C^ok. Sophie Tucker. Esther Lindner. Van and Carrie Avery. Heleae 
Davie. Earl Nelson, E. F. Albee. Irvin Cobb, Sam H. Harris, Norma an€ 
Constance Talmadge. 


Frank Behrlng (how do you spell it, Prank?), the manager of tht»t 
Sherman House in Chicago, came In. He wanted to know if I wanted^! 
my room changed. (I always used to.) He brought messages from every* 
one around the hotel, including the laundryijian, who Inquired if I would 
kick if he should lose the camisole that I am wearing now. Mike O'Brien*-^ 
the night watchman, sent me word he had missed my visits to Chicago. 
I'll be there again, Mike, but my little girls that you used to go up to 
tho room to look after for me while I was at work are grown up now^V 
But we still need your watchful care. 

Frank remembered some of my favorite dishes, whicl^ (he College liUQI'; 
puts up in cans, and he brought them to me. 

•. I:- 

Something that brought laughs and tears waa a letter from LondoO'^ 
written at Ethel Levy's party and containing mesaages from every Amer*^ 
ican present, Including Clifton Webb and Mother, Norma and Constance 
Talmadge and Mother, Fanny Ward, Joe Coyne, Fay Compton. Helen and 
Josephine Trix, Carl Hyson and Dorothy Dickson. Justine Johnston and 
Walter Wanger. her husband, and Claude Grahams -Whita. 7 

The New Tork Newspapei^ Women's Club invited me to their banquet 
at the Vanderbilt. but, being on a diet, I could not attend. 

Will Page thoughtfully remembered to send me tickets to the dress 
rehearsal of his show. I could not attend for that old reason — de la 
femme — "I have nothing to wear." . .• i' 

By the way. my old friend "ZIt" gave a swell dance at hie Ca«lno and 
did not invite me. My bankroll is not as large as that of some oC hia 
guests, but I'll wager you my next mess of powdered magnesia that I 
can dance as well as some that I hear were there. 



The New York theatrical press agents organised a club, and one of 
the first things they did was to make me a member, TH« purpose of the 
club la to suppress, exterminate and eliminate pass grafters. While I 
was Immensely pleased and flattered at the high tribute paid me by my 
fellow craftsmen In thinking of me as still an active press agent. I must 
confess that I am not sharing their experiences with pass grafter^. 

I have been press-agenting this institution for three years, and. I 
understand, have it pretty widely advertised all over the world. And as 
yet no one has applied to me for admission for himself and an out-of- 
town friend, and I don't believe I could give away a pair on the aisle if 
I tried. And no one wants my job. Even my openings are not largely 
attended. I expect I'll have to paper the house for the next one. My 
greatest trouble here Is my expense account. I pay all and get no rebate. 

The Joke of it la I had only that very day written to two of the organ- 
izers of the club for some tickets. Honest, boys. I wanted them for my 

George F. Hlnton. manager mt the "Loyalties" company, sends me a 
copy of the play In book form, and says. "Since we can't bring the show 
to your bed-side, here's the book.'' Thanks very much. Now. cuaa^ 
down and read it to me. 

• Herbert Weber, son of Harry, writes me from Chino, Cal.. that he im 
entirely surrounded by walnuts. Well, he's lucky. Those nuts at least 
know they are nuts, and come out of their shells sometime. 

Other things I had to be thankful for were visits from Mrs. William 
Grossman. Belle Bernstein. Rodney Richmond, William Stewart and Misa, 
St. John. Mrs. George Baxter and sons. Launcelot and (}eorge; Florence'' 
Green. William Sleeper, Ada Mae Weeks, Grace Weeks, Mr. and Mrs.^ 
Wellington Cross. Edward V. Darling, Mrs, Ernest Boschen (nee Farber), 
Mrs. Farber, Mr, and Mrs. Barney Davies. Zoe Beckley, Mr. and Mrs. 
Ralph Belmont. Mrs. J. C. Turner. Mrs. Frank Campbell, Mrs. Charleg- 
Osgood and daughter Charlotte. Frank Evans. "Pollard," John Pollock, 
Norma Talmadge, Mrs. Talmadge and Buster Keaton. 

And the month of Novernber brought Jack Lalt, Madam Haverstick. 
Josephine Drake, Frank Behrlng, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bernstein. Mrs. Jules 
llurtiff, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Witmark. Mrs. Glasier. Harry Grant, Molly 
Fuller. Mabel Fenton Ross. Dorothy Seigal, Mrs. Minnie Lindner. Mrs. 
Hahlo. E.^ther Lindner, Al Clinton (the oldtlme minstrel man). Mrs. Sol 
r'apier. Alice Robe. Mike Rabeffo. Ed Lawrence and Nina HarrinRton. 
Hazel Blair. Ed Hughes' mother, Jenie Jacobs, Mile. Dazie, Mrs. Burke. 
Carrie Scott, Mrs. Clarence Willetts. Ada Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
(;orman, Mrs. Jennie Meyerowlts. Harry Burton, Mrs. Alf Wilton. Dorothy 
Dahl, Larry Jacobs and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McDonald. Stella 
Kahn. Mary Margaret McBride., Joe Phillips, Mary Moore. Cora Moore. 
IJelle Gold. Mr. and Mrs. G. Horace Mortimer and Horace, Jr.; Matthew 
White, Jr.; Joseph Flynn. Joseph French Johnson (dean of New York 
Iniversity). Herbert F. de Bower. Mrs. Farber. Jennie Bernstein. Beau- 
mont Sisters, Susan Westford, Eva Davenport. John Hall. James Hughes, 
.lames J. Broady. Mrs. Hayden, Constance Farber, Irvin S, Cobb. E. F. 
Alhte, Mrs. Edwin Cohen, Mike Goldreyer. Mike MindUOr Bernard So|hM«. 
Thomas J. Ryan and Mabel Rowland. ^F^ 

^ind satLsfactorlly enough. The pro- 
<lurlion la In one set, entirely work- 
ihle for the story. If there Is an- 
other high spot In the playing, it 
Koes to William iJavId.son. a clean 
and straightforward artist with af- 
p<>arancc and a smashing personal - 
itr. _ 

"Listening In" would have been a 
seven -day wonder and a several - 
sea.son sensation had It been the 
first of the flood of garish "mys- 
tery" plays. As It Is, It may take it.i 
place with the faHtest of current 
f'omi/clitlon and will probably out- 
live most of It. /.«if. 



FHday, December 8, 1922 

"Seminary Mary" (Musical Comedy) 
27 Mins.; full ataga (apacial sat) 

That an act as r.ew aa Clark and 
Bergman's "Seminary Mary" is 
ahould reach the Palace so early 
and be given the closing the first 
half position, bespeaks the confi- 
dence vaudeville has In this stand- 
ard team. They could call a skit 
anything: It would remain Clark 
and Bergman. You know what they 
will do and you want them to do 
just that, and the that is talking. 
sinKing and dancing by both. 

Gladys Clark la ever sweet and 
charming, and now she has more of 
a voice, using it in double numbers 
with Bergman, who remains his flip 
Juvenile, of crisp repartee that tucks 
away a laugh in every line. They 
glibly talk, having for the plot scene 
the front yard of a prettily set sem- 
inary grounds with the angular 
Margaret Hoffman as the prim pre- 
ceptress, stating to the invading 
young man he is the first male on 
the lot and there are seventy-five 
^irls within. 

After the title song, rather catchy 
in a popular vein and probably 
written by the Lewis-Young-Meyer 
combination, there are a couple of 
unrestricted numbers the couple, do 
very weTI, with Miss Clark lending 
the harmonizing qualities of her 
voice to the effect 

The akit was written by Joe 
Browning, who has supplied a like- 
able frame work that fits the prin- 
cipals. It is susceptible of being 
worked up to any degree as struc- 
tures of this sort are thoroughly 
elastic for vaudeviUiana. 

The story is that of Bergman as 
a salesman having missed the last 
train in a small village containing 
the aeminary, calling there in the 
hope of remaining over night, meet- 
ing a young girl in the person of 
Miss Clark, and falling in love with 
her. It ia mutual, but when the 
principal of the sphool discovers the 
young woman ia still harboring the 
youth, after ordering him ofC the 
grounds, the girl is summarily ex- 
pelled, through which incident Mr. 
Bergman is again permitted t& de- 
liver that line (of hla own) "Will 
you marry mc?" 

It ia open likely to argument how 
much of the dialog is from Mr. 
Browning and how much from Mr. 
Bergman. On the fence of the 
grounds is a sign reading, "No